I have read a lot of post since joining this site. I have read post from angry, frustrated people. Post from people who are in denial and post from people who know they should be taking care of themselves and won't. Post from people who have no support and post from people who deal or cope with Diabetes and other illnesses.
Many of the problems people have in life are created by them and in other cases people with problems wait until the solution to the problem is so huge they can't solve it. People also will not take responsibility for their diabetes and rely on others to be responsible for them. There are also people who are so needy that they lose support and friends because they basically use people as crutches to help them be co-dependent.
The simple fact is that many of these problems will go away if people would simply enjoy life. You can't change other people, you can't make people your crutch and you can't make people be supportive of you. You have to learn to be responsible for yourself.
My diabetes does not limit me any more than my sisters heart problem limits her. Some of you may know we have a small jewelry making business. We vend every Sunday morning at our local Farmers Market and Craft Bazaar. This past Sunday morning our tent decided it wanted to break down and leave us to roast in the sun in 90 degree temps and 80% humidity. I swear the fresh corn my sister bought was popping in the husk in the heat.
Yesterday evening we decided to go get a new tent. We first thought we would have to drive to York, PA which is about an hour away from us. We end up having to drive to a town in the state that was a roundtrip total of 150 miles. The trip took us halfway up into the mountains. No it was no more cooler there than in the city.
During the drive, we saw a hawk flying overhead and thought that was beautiful until 15 miles later I spotted a bald eagle flying majestically and regally over the tops of pine trees. For about ten miles we could smell nothing but fresh pine from the forest on both sides of the road. Clearing the forest we looked down into a beautiful valley dotted with rows of corn, farm houses and barns. We later passed a pasture and saw cows lying under the trees next to a stream. A few of the cows were cooling their hooves in the stream. We continued on and went through another line of pines and at the edge of the pines we saw a huge barn that was freshly painted fire engine red. It was beautiful. We listened to Jimmy Buffet throughout the entire trip.
Prior to having a Cracker Barrell in our state, we would get up on Saturday mornings and drive to PA to get their salad dressing. We didn't have an Amish Market near us so again we would get up on Saturday morning and drive to PA to their market. We use to get in the car and drive to W.VA to the casino and that could be at anytime during the day or night. We have gotten up and decided to go to Kings Dominian to ride roller coasters all day. One Sunday morning 4 years ago it was so hot, a friend called and said lets go to the beach. We went and bought food and off we went for the day. It had to have been at least 103 outside but the water in the quarry was ice cold and refreshing. Three weeks ago we got up and decided to go to an Amish Market in our state that is an hour away. Last Saturday we drove 90 mins to a Bead Warehouse and spent two hours browsing shelves looking for beads. Tomorrow night I am going to our huge Arts Festival to see one of my favorite music artist for free.
You limit yourself because you choose to do that. Life is for living not being filled with anger and frustration. You can learn to be self supporting and self motivating. Stop depending on others and learn to depend on yourself. Stop trying to change people and change yourself.
If funds are limited like mine, save up for a day trip. I have a friend who catches a casino bus to Atlantic City once a month during the summer just to walk on the boardwalk, shop, have lunch, walk on the beach and never sets foot in a casino. Go to the library, get out and meet people and make new friends. Explore your city or a major city near you. There are so many things to do that are free, take advantage of them. Take lots of pictures when you have an adventure. When you get too old to get out and about your pictures will bring back fond memories and you will be able to say "I really enjoyed my life".