Choosing to take on new projects, striving to reach new goals or working to build something unique challenges and inspires but sometimes also drains and dispirits. In deciding on topics for this blog, I make an effort to focus on those things that help me keep working toward my goals and that might help others feel motivated or inspired. But there are days, even weeks sometimes, that I just feel too dispirited to even pretend I feel motivated.
The last week or two has been like that. Every day has presented its own obstacles and barriers and simply getting things done has felt like winning battles. One of the teenagers in my house has dealt with various health problems for most of her life, and it appears she may have more to face. Nothing life-threatening, but certainly long-lasting and painful. Watching a child suffer pain is torturous, and then add to that petty and unhelpful doctors’ staffs and insurance companies…well, it doesn’t leave you feeling like you can take on the world.
It’s humbling, though, to know that our problem is small compared to many, and we are lucky enough to have insurance coverage despite a chronic condition. It feels petty to focus on the hard stuff when there are so many others with much harder stuff to handle.
Stories of people who overcome insurmountable odds to succeed when success appears impossible are inspiring, and maybe a little overwhelming. Watching my daughter keep up with her schoolwork and do normal teenager things while in constant pain is inspiring in a different way. Knowing that she smiles and gets on with it certainly means I can take a few minutes to finish writing an article or post.
Even though the last few weeks have been less fun than we like, in a strange way, it feels good. Maybe even inspiring.