We have all been given advice. Some of it good and some of it a little more “with good intentions.” There are really three major types of advice that is doled out.
- A-Company-Is-Avoiding-Being-Sued type of advice:
- How about the advice to not use the hairdryer while in the shower? Oh I can’t count the number of times I’ve slept through the alarm and was in a rush to get ready. Never, ever did I feel I could save myself some time by drying my hair in the shower!
- “Please don’t eat laundry pods.” As obvious as this one seems, Tide put out a statement saying that it is a bad idea to eat Tide Pods and they are used for doing laundry and nothing else. Wanna know what really concerns me about the laundry pod eating crowd, one day they will vote.
- A sticker on a power tool, “Do not use while sleeping.” You know that some knucklehead tried running their chainsaw while asleep, cut their thumb off and then sued the maker of said chainsaw because they hadn’t been warned. I can assure you that if The Hubs tries to fire up a chainsaw or any other power tool in his sleep; I will put a stop to it! I mean, a girl has got to get her sleep and a running chainsaw really gets in the way of that. Let’s not forget that an ER is a creepy place at 2AM.
- The-Practical-Everyday type of advice:
- Look both ways before crossing the street. This is a lifesaving lesson we are taught at a very early age. Your momma wanted to make sure you made it safely home from school so she gave you sound advice on how to cross the street. Just because you are all grown up doesn’t mean you have to ignore this bit of advice! You never know when a driverless car will come around the corner! Be safe people!
- Don’t feed the bears. Several years ago I attended a retreat in the mountains. On the night we checked in someone from the camp made a big announcement about taking all food or food related items out of our vehicles. Apparently a bear sniffed out a watermelon Jolly Rancher the day before and proceeded to tear a car apart to get to it. I’m not sure what you are supposed to do if you are camping in a tent in the woods and all of your food is in a cooler in your car. I’m not a camper, so I can’t help you with that one. Just make sure you don’t leave any Jolly Ranchers in your cup holders!
- Put on clean underwear in case you get in an accident. Why in the world did my mom always say that? Did yours? I’ve only been in a couple of accidents, but I am fairly certain the condition of my underwear never crossed my mind!
- Telling-You-From-the-Heart type of advice:
- The Hubs reminds me not to overdo it. He also tells me that we will get me whatever I need. I’m trying to determine if rose gold colored shoes qualify as a “need.” What do you think?
- When I started this journey, my dear friend Patty told me to find things that I enjoy doing. Plan things that I can look forward to. For her, it is going to breakfast on Saturday mornings, flowers and movies. She also does some type of word game that I still haven’t figured out.
- Lisa gave breast cancer a smack down over seven years ago. She gave me permission to eat cereal all day and binge watch TV!
Over the past several weeks I have taken the “from the heart” advice and done some things that help me make it through the really bad days. Who am I kidding? I do some of them when I’m having a really good day!
Let’s start with flavored coffee. I use to only buy flavored creamer because I thought flavored coffee was too expensive. Now my cabinet is stocked with everything from coconut mocha to toasted graham crackers. Oh yes, I am indulging in all of it! On those days that I’m feeling extra sassy, I do the flavored coffee with the flavored creamer. Confession; that is almost every single day!
Know what else I do? Watch back to back episodes of The Pioneer Woman. Or if I find a string of UFO investigation shows on, you can bet I’m fixated as long as my peepers will stay open. If I can go from The Pioneer Woman to UFO investigations all in one day, now that is living!
We want to take a trip to celebrate the completion of this phase of chemo. So I spend time looking at different vacation packages to a couple of destinations. I don’t know if we will do a road trip, take a train someplace or fly to one of our favorite getaways. Planning the trip is half of the fun for me. Knowing that I get to escape with my husband makes me giddy!
Since eating out and having date night is long overdue, I find myself reading menus online! Last night I spent an hour looking at menus for Mexican food restaurants I have not been to and planning what I am going to order. No. I’m not kidding. I can’t wait to get back to Snooze or Chuy’s or any of the other places we really like.
This mandatory down time has provided an incredible opportunity for me to read, write, and reconnect with the creative side of me that I unintentionally set aside years ago. All of it is in little blocks of time, but I enjoy it while I can. Then I remember that The Hubs reminds me to not overdo it and I stop. Like right now…
Once this treatment phase is over, I am pretty sure I will continue some of these things. I am enjoying them too much to completely give them up!
My advice to you is when you are given some good advice, take it!
Thrive Through It!