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Friday April 03, 2015

Ok, now what? The latest posts I've shared with you have been more of the inspirational type. I have to admit, even I ask the former question on occasion. Most of us have been to the seminar, the conference, the rock concert that left us on a 'high' (maybe more so at the rock concert) and ready to conquer the world. We walk away saying, “I can do this. I have Parkinson's BUT it doesn't have me!”

…And then there are the days it feels like it's all just a pile of crap.

Ok, maybe that's stating it a bit too strongly but what about all the other days? Let's face it. I absolutely hate it that I have Parkinson's. I wouldn't wish this on anyone but I'd trade mine away if I could. 

Live your best. Sure, when the sun is shining and it's not -30 degrees with a billion below zero wind chill (do note I live in Winnipeg....Google it). Strength? Courage? Perseverance? When I'm exhausted beyond words, I can't put two sentences together and I can't walk a straight line? Not so much.  

How do you deal with all the other days?  

Alright, let’s be balanced in our approach. First of all, I do believe in what I've been writing regarding living your best. So the question is: How?  How do you have the strength, courage and perseverance when life is really, really, really rotten? 

[Disclaimer: I'm half German and like right angles. I like order and simplicity. Also, I am not your physician. Therefore you should take all I say with a grain of salt unless your physician tells you it's ok to do anything that I suggest here.] 

Suggestions for the Shaken 

  1. Exercise. Ok, you've heard that word ad nauseum and if you are not naturally inclined to 'working out' or 'exercising' you've already turned your brain off. WAKE UP! Now that you're back, let me suggest “physical activity” in the place of “exercise.” For me it's 45 minutes of stretching and yoga five days a week. Every week. Period. I feel better; I have less aches and pains and I walk better. I shake less and I am less rigid. It specifically fights back against my symptoms and is a must in my life. My suggestion for you is to find something you love to do and do it. Walk, run, dance, jump rope (right!), swim, garden, bike, row, tai chi... you get the picture. 
  2. Rest. Seriously, you've finally been given the legit excuse for every nap you've ever wanted to take since turning 40. Use it. I'm generally in bed by 10pm at the latest so that I can survive the 5 am wake up to address #1.  
  3. Eat well. I could go on for an hour here but I won't. Talk to a dietician and start paying attention to what goes into your body.   
  4. Balance your life. I can't do it all no matter how much I want to. Sit down, take out a pen and paper and write down the things that are most important to you. Now, how do you give them the attention they need and deserve? (Suggestion: start by cutting everything out of your life that you didn't write down or drastically scale them back) I realize there are things that must have more of your time than you would like to give them. I also realize there are things in your life that you can live without and need to go. Let them go. 
  5. Get outside yourself. Or some might say 'give back'. I am and will continue to be deeply involved in raising funds and awareness for Parkinson's. Additionally, I am passionate about an organization called Compassion. It is a child sponsorship organization that seeks to set children free from poverty. AND, it has nothing to do with Parkinson's.  Everything I do with Parkinson's is fabulous but it all has a direct, indirect or subtle attachment back to me. Compassion is totally about others, specifically children, who have far less than I do. It keeps me balanced, thankful and just a little less narcissistic. 

This is a bit of my plan of attack, my way of pushing back against the disease. No one ever promised that life would be fair or easy but it can be better. You can do more than you think you can you just have to be willing to try. Have the strength to do your best today. Have the courage to be content with what your best produces. Continue to persevere to push on to finding ways to live your best and to help others live theirs. I guarantee you will be amazed at how far your best will take you! 

Tim Sr.
Strength & Courage 

WPC Bloggerpartner Logo 300DpiTim Hague Sr. is an author, internationally sought after professional speaker and Winner of The Amazing Race Canada season #1. Tim was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 46. He hails from Winnipeg Canada where he resides with his wife and children. For event bookings or to learn more about Tim go to www.TimSr.ca.

 

Tim Hague Sr.
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