Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A few months ago, a stranger emailed me out of the blue to tell me about the impact my blog has had on her. It was just the push I needed to start blogging again after a few months of blog silence. And I was really grateful to her for that.

This morning she emailed me again to offer her support through the tough time APL & I have been having lately. She told me how strong I was and encouraged me to look at the positives in life, which, despite my recent complaining, I am honestly always trying to do. She helped me find the right perspective to keep moving forward. So I am very grateful to her again.

However, she also made me realize that the words in some of my blog posts, like the last one, could come across quite differently to readers who don't know me personally. When I started this blog over a year ago, the only people reading it were my friends and family. I found it to be a good way of keeping everybody posted about my health developments without me having to go through the exhausting process of repeating myself over and over again.

Today, I know I have some readers who don't know me outside of the interwebs. So while friends and family reading a post may find it obvious that I am joking my way through a problem, I guess the words themselves can sound more serious than I meant them to. For example (and for the record!) I don't really have a drinking problem. In fact, I honestly hardly drink at all. That was just APL and me joking our way through the crappy couple of days we have had, and my friends and family know that about me. So now I hope all my readers know it too.

Because laughter really is the best medicine when everything seems to be going wrong. Sometimes it's all we have. APL and I do our best to laugh all the time, in every situation. (Speaking of which, a plumber damage update is on its way!!) I know that I am really lucky to have APL, because he keeps me laughing whenever I feel like giving up. And that is worth all the medicine in the world.

I really do always try to look at the bright side of the situation. I know that I am very lucky and that there are many people in the world who are worse off than I am. I know that it could always be worse. But I also know that it could certainly be better. And I have to do what I can to work towards making it better. And, sometimes, the only way for me to start feeling better is to vent about what's making me feel bad. Since APL and I have talked about this stuff until we're blue in the face, sometimes it seems to help me to vent into cyberspace.

To everyone who is reading this (friends, family, and strangers): Thank you for listening. It helps.


A said...

I support cyberventing. Let me know if we have another "Buttercup" on our hands. :)

~Mariah~ said...

HA! No, not another Buttercup at all. But if I meet one I will certainly come to you for advice. ~;o)

Sarah Z said...

i <3 you yiah yiah