People who know me know that I am generally a happy person. Upon meeting people, I am smiling, cracking jokes, even making myself the butt of jokes just to make others feel comfortable around me. I work on being a sunshiny person with rose colored lenses. (I love pink!)
So, it is really a challenge for me to share this next post because it asks me to reflect on the types of stories you may not read from me for one reason or another. Here goes:
I have a feeling you will not hear about the times when Diabetes just really gets me down. I’m not talking about, “Oh, I had a bad reading on my meter.” or “That last lancet really hurt!” down…more like Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Holly Golightly describes “The Mean Reds”. I will probably not write about the times, when my optimism, inspiration and hope run slim. Why? It is not really what I am about. I feel no need to bring anyone down with me when I am there. And most times, there just are no words to describe that place I find myself sometimes-even after only 3 years of diagnosis.
Honestly, I believe it is enough to let you know I have those moments of darkness.
And so onward and upward, I will leave you with something that helps me when I just have no words. The words of the famous Charlie Chaplin:
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just
Click for the Keep it to Yourself – Tuesday 5/12 Link List.
Many of us share lots of aspects of our diabetes lives online for the world to see. What are some of the aspects of diabetes that you choose to keep private from the internet? Or from your family and friends? Why is it important to keep it to yourself? (This is not an attempt to get you out of your comfort zone. There is no need to elaborate or tell personal stories related to these aspects. Simply let us know what kinds of stories we will never hear you tell, and why you won’t tell them.) (Thank you Scott E of Rolling in the D for this topic.)