Patients for a Moment is asking the community to declare a goal for the summer that is not your behavioral norm.
I've been searching the corners of my mind for a really good one. Something that will help pick up my spirits, despite having to live in the constant shadow of my illness.
At first I thought about trying camping, but tis a difficult situation when I am allergic to mosquitoes and black flies, and can not sleep anywhere that is not my own bed (and most of the time I have difficulties there!). So perhaps that isn't the best idea.
Instead, I think I'm going to go with taking advantage of as many sunny weekend days as possible at the Prince Edward Island beaches. I have to pack a massive bag (pills, drinks, sunscreen, umbrellas, special food, etc...) but I think it will be worth it, as it is one of my favorite places to spend time. I'm prone to heat stroke and heat rashes but I'll try to be extra careful.
This task will be difficult for me (and out of the ordinary), as I have a severe fear of being around people when I'm very sick. I feel like a MAJOR BUZZKILL. Plus, I throw up a LOT. People do not like seeing that, especially at the beach. I have such a fear of public places, lengthy trips away from my apartment, and letting people down. I should know that the people who matter don't judge me nearly as much as I think they do. Alas. My head is stubborn.
This is my number one 'out of the ordinary' goal for the summer. Take the few moments I can enjoy, and try to enjoy them with other people, even though I am scared of the possibilities. Yes. I think that sounds good.
What would your goal be??