Although I am generally pretty bad at maintaining and “positive attitude” on things like living a healthier lifestyle, I also work pretty hard at not allowing myself to feel much in the way of self-pity. I’m beginning to wonder if that’s been a mistake.
Of course it’s not healthy to spend much time feeling sorry for oneself. But perhaps in trying not to do that, I’ve failed to allow myself a healthy degree of grieving over my body’s broken metabolism and other issues. Perhaps occasional episodes of sadness or anger about this disease are necessary as part of a healthy attitude.
I’ve only begun playing with this idea. (My business card should read “Overthinking Things Since the 1970s!”) It may well be that I will change my mind on it. But I do believe it’s worth considering.