living an exceptional life

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2014-09-09 16:51:43 -0500
Started 2014-08-31 15:17:06 -0500

I get really tired of diabetics (and others dealing with chronic illnesses) complaining of not being able to live a normal life.

What is normal?

Well according to Webster …
nor·mal adjective \ˈnȯr-məl\
: usual or ordinary : not strange
: mentally and physically healthy

Okay I am certain that I am not living a normal, but does that make it abnormal?

Again from Mr Webster …
ab·nor·mal adjective \(ˌ)ab-ˈnȯr-məl, əb-\
: different from what is normal or average : unusual especially in a way that causes problems

Uh … I'm voting no on abnormal. Instead I am choosing to live an EXCEPTIONAL life.

Once more …
ex·cep·tion·al adjective \ik-ˈsep-shnəl, -shə-nəl\
: not usual : unusual or uncommon
: unusually good : much better than average

Not only is it accurate it is inspirational as well as aspirational.
As a stroke survivor and diabetic I am statistically 'unusual', and since adopting my health focused lifestyle I would certainly argue that I am much better than average in diet, exercise and overall health.

It's all a matter of perspective.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

19 replies

Pegsy 2014-09-09 16:35:44 -0500 Report

I like the idea of living an exceptional life. I have suffered a lot in life that I won't go into but I will say this, I have learned and grown through every experience. Thanks to being diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic I have lost considerable weight and gotten myself into better shape than I would have otherwise. My diet is healthy now and will stay that way for the rest of my life. I will not neglect my health ever again.

As part of my exceptional life, I have learned to find the beauty and joy that is a part of every day, if you just look for it. Yesterday evening it was taking a walk with my husband under a beautiful Harvest Moon. Simple things have become precious. Gratitude is more important now than ever before.

I could bemoan what has happened to me (and sometimes I do) but I feel it is better to simply do the best I can in taking care of myself and then invest myself in the lives of those around me, enjoying the simple things along the way.

Stuart1966 2014-09-04 20:31:51 -0500 Report

You mention a "channel" I too do not easily understand in some ways/respects.

I no longer remember a time I was not a diabetic, and I am not old. But, regardless of type, it is very possible to live, and thrive. Diabetes is not our first name. Nor does it start every breath, every sentence.

"…The hardest thing in life is to live…" but we must or "it" wins.

deewoelling 2014-09-02 15:28:56 -0500 Report

i really like what you wrote i agree with the others i am living and exceptional life, my left side is getting stronger and my eye sight is about the same nut mentally i feel so much better thank you very much

ReaderReader12 2014-09-02 13:27:53 -0500 Report

I love what you posted about an EXCEPTIONAL life. I feel that even with diabetes I am living a much better life than I used to be. I am happier because of diet changes I have made and that is making such a difference in how I feel and how I move about and just who I am now days. Much better perspective and much better power of my mind. I am becoming the person, who never thought I could become. Yes for me mind is everything. How true.
Thank you so much.

Anonymous 2014-09-02 07:44:20 -0500 Report

I hate to be any sort of negative because I think you have a good meaning but I feel like i don't live a "normal life" and I base this off of how I lived before. I cannot be around my childen much when they are sick because being type 1, I catch colds easily. Family members plan dishes for me to eat but most of the time forget and I have to either not eat or make something else. I have been diganosed 3 years now. I would say my life is not "normal". I am constantly checking to make sure my pumps is operating correctly. I def think Diabetes has taken over my life. Sometimes people can cope with it easily. Other times, not so much.

haoleboy 2014-09-02 13:53:53 -0500 Report

I certainly understand the difficulty in coping. This is one of the ways I have found to successfully cope with my various health issues.
Just to be clear … my life now does not remotely resembles my life prior to having a stroke and losing the sight in my left eye. I guess I could bemoan the fact that I miss my old way of life but that certainly will improve nothing.
Hoping that you will find something that works for you.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-09-01 14:55:00 -0500 Report

I totally agree with you. Being diabetic has not changed who I am. Diabetes doesn't define me. What defines me is how well I rise after I have fallen.

Diabetics and others with chronic illnesses who complain are too focused on the disease instead of living life to the best of their ability.

James ' s Descartes quote Is on point as long as a person thinks they are not normal, they become what they think they are. I don't have time for that or negative thinking people.

haoleboy 2014-09-01 15:16:17 -0500 Report

"sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were. sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with clear vision again."
never settle for just normal

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-09-01 16:51:53 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100%. Until you open your eyes and look, you will never see what is right in front of you. As I have said before, closed minds never learn and thinking inside the box limits your ability to think .

Glucerna 2014-09-01 19:05:22 -0500 Report

Thanks to both of you for reminding us of these quotes and sharing how you approach life with diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-09-01 09:03:19 -0500 Report

"I think therefore I am" Renee Descartes "For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he" . . . . Proverbs 27 3 NKJV

Type1Lou 2014-09-01 07:41:07 -0500 Report

Here's to you and all our exceptional friends!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-09-01 14:45:47 -0500 Report

I don't have exceptional friends. I have friends who are loving and caring. I don't give them a title because they won't like it.

I don't view myself as exceptional. I am a person . I don't need anyone to know or say I am exceptional because I am who I am.

haoleboy 2014-09-01 14:51:22 -0500 Report

That's okay Joyce … I know you are an exceptional person.
Exceptional is not a tittle (no more than 'normal' is) … just an adjective … no more, no less.

GabbyPA 2014-09-01 05:39:15 -0500 Report

I love this study. Thank you so much. It's true, we are what we think and as long as we are using our minds, I say use it for good!! Thanks.

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