2016 was a strange year for me. So many good things happened, it was my first year having a job, I bought a house, went back to blogging and started my path towards minimalism and zero waste. While all this was going on, I was struggling with health problems. I’ve been beaten down by constant nausea lately and am not feeling my best right now. I really, really hope that it gets better in 2017. I am trying to keep my thoughts away from my physical discomfort by focussing on positive things. Like my new years resolutions for example.
In the search of a way to deal with being a chronically ill person, I stumbled upon this book: How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard. It had very good reviews on Goodreads, so I decided to give it a go. This book is aimed at offering strategies to deal with the things most people with chronic illness deal with, like physical suffering, the ups and downs of being sick, communication with others about the illness,… These strategies are Buddhist-inspired, though you don’t have to be a buddhist to give her advice a go.
I have never been a very optimistic person, but I am a bit of a dreamer. I want to become good at things, really good at things. I’m talking about drawing, cooking, social acquaintances, my job,… I will spend hours and hours thinking about how to become a better person, how to excel. I will dream about being where I want to be, in the habit of eating super healthy, doing regular exercise, sleeping at least eight hours a day, being a social butterfly, being on top of things, not spending so much money, drawing and reading everyday, and not being sick. Not being sick…