I’ve thought a lot about that word, over the years, especially recent years.
It’s easy to get bogged down when your journey looks more like this: ^^^^^ then it does this: ——–
But sweet friends, if you get anything from reading my ramblings, I hope that you get this: rarely is anything in life linear. So, don’t let your road discourage you!.
Yes, we have lows. Sometimes downright awful ones, that threaten to take the very breath out of our lungs. But we have highs too. We still laugh until our sides hurt, and tear stream down our faces.
As a PANDAS Mama, our roller coaster life, has taught me to appreciate the little things. Even the mundane moments, turn into huge victories, and treasured moments of time.
Just don’t let the lows have a chance to steal away those small victories, because I assure you, they will try their very best to do so.
Every rage, and OCD moment, and tears shed at the multitude of Dr appointments, will do their best to suck every little ounce of joy that you have worked so hard to squander away.
Do. Not. Let. It.
As hard as it may be to travel down our bumpy, dusty, pot hole riddled hilly road that we call PANDAS, never, ever forget that you are still on a road. No matter the direction you take, every step taken, is still better then standing still.
Also know that as hard as our path is to traverse, it will always being up more endurance then walking on a smooth, paved linear path.
So, keep on my friends. As Dory says, in Finding Nemo, “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”