Welcome to the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge brought together by WEGO Health – a social network for all health activists. Again, I am participating in the annual Writer’s Month Challenge in which I will be writing about my health activism and health condition based upon prompts given.
Today’s prompt reads as follows:
Hobbies…We at WEGO Health love hobbies. Tell us, what are YOUR hobbies? Are you a rock collector? Scrapbooking? Photography? Dancer? Share your talents. (Pictures encouraged!)
Battling fatigue, dizziness, trembling and weakness in the legs can make it extremely difficult to take part in hobbies. That it not to say I do not have any hobbies. One of my loves is reading; ever since I was a child I was a bookworm and loved reading fiction books that will transport me to different places and times. Or books just to escape from the reality of pain, dizziness and depression. The love of reading, fortunately has not left me and I am a proud owner of a large number of books. Those who know me, will already know that my favourite author is Jodi Picoult. I have at least two shelves in my bedroom dedicated just to her books. I love her writing style; the fact that each chapter is narrated by a different character enabling the reader to consider both sides of an argument and allowing the reader to determine their own opinions on the subject matter at hand. Each book is thought-provoking, deep and thoroughly researched. In my opinion, my love of reading, especially my recent devouring of novels are a result of the weakness and trembling in my legs. Due to the mobility problems that are a result of these particular symptoms mean that walking can be difficult, sometimes even I am unable to leave my bed because of them, and so it is in these moments that my love of books are a real blessing, as it a hobby that I can take part in bed or wherever I am stuck with my uncooperative legs.
Another hobby of mine is collecting butterflies. As a lot of my followers and readers of the blog will know that I am a big lover of butterflies. In my opinion, butterflies are beautiful; the bright and colourful colours of their wings, but also they are a sign of hope. The hope that something beautiful can come from the end of an old life. For someone with a chronic illness like myself, it really symbolises hope that despite being diagnosed with a long-term health condition it is not the end and something positive can still be found. This is beautifully summed up by the proverb “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”. I have a piece of artwork which encompasses this very proverb within the piece. It’s a lovely piece of artwork and I have near it my bed as a positive reminder that good things will still happen despite having a chronic illness.
In addition to the piece of artwork, butterflies can be found everywhere in my bedroom! A butterfly clip on my curtains, a photo frame adorned with them and even on my wallpaper! I have just recently bought some butterfly LED lights to hang around my headboard. The lights are pretty and colourful and make a bad day a little better. As a symbol of hope and change, in my opinion butterflies are a perfect addition to be included in my own personal and private sanctuary. A sanctuary in which I can recuperate on my bad days, and just get away from everything. It’s a room which I spend a lot of time, so to make it as lovely and positive as possible is in my opinion very important.
Another hobby of mine, which I have been unable to do for a while because of trembling in my hands is card making. I love making intricate decopauge cards. It not only is it fun but doing them takes my mind off my pain and the dizziness that greatly affects my daily life. Again it is something that I have found to do despite my condition and one which I am still able to do even when my legs are too weak that I cannot stand or walk. I am still able to drag to a table and chair and make cards despite the severe weakness and trembling. I like making them for friends and family for special occasions such as birthdays but I have also been asked to make them for others too. It is a lovely hobby to create something both beautiful and special. Here are some examples of the cards that I have made: