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.
The first prompt reads as given:
Superpower Day…It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…you! If you had a superpower – what would it be? How would you use it?
I am sure that the majority of people who are asked this very question, they would answer with hypothetical superpowers such as invisibility, flying or the ability to read minds. However, being a spoonie, I would like a superpower which is rather ordinary and mundane – and that superpower would be the ability of having endless energy.
One of the most common symptoms of a lot of chronic illnesses is fatigue. Fatigue being defined as “extreme tiredness“. As a result of fatigue, energy levels are severely reduced and in turn activity levels are also severely reduced. All the chores that you once could easily complete, now feels as if you are attempting to climb an impossible mountain. And as you are no longer able to complete as many (or sometimes no) chores, we are often very reliant on others to do things for us – such as cleaning, doing the shopping, cooking and so on.
This can often feel very demoralising , especially when being young and seeing others’ your age going out partying for hours on end and still being able to get up the next day and head for work, and there you are unable to complete small chores around the home. Therefore, the one superpower that I would choose to have over any other, is simply the power of having endless energy. Being able to have the energy to be able to do everything that I would like to do, instead of completing something and then having no energy to do anything else for the rest of the day. Even to be able to do the housework for my Mother and feeling that I have done something to take the added burden away from her, and generally feel that I have accomplished something would booster my self-esteem and make me feel valued.
Recently, the fatigue that I have been experiencing has been very bad – after going out with my carer shopping, going for coffee or to the gym, I am absolutely worn out; and at times have changed straight into a comfortable pair of pyjamas and having a nap! And I am finding that I am even feeling the effects of going out the next day with no energy to be able to do anything.
So, wouldn’t it be lovely just to have endless amounts of energy instead of being so tired that you have no energy to be able to do anything? Imagine the freedom that could come from that…
What would you do if you had endless energy? Feel free to comment below.