Thanks for your post. Yes, I think I get what you are saying. Adversity can have a way of rounding us out, if managed properly. I think I understand what you say about personal growth. The more meaning and purpose we can glean from our illnesses, makes us better people in the end. I also find comparison works to have me putting my struggles into perspective. ie. there are 50,000 people who die horrendous deaths each day in the world just through poverty alone - and I think I can safely say I have never had a day as bad as that . I know it is morbid (and terribly wrong when there is enough resources to go around) ... but that stark reality of deep inequity and suffering always has a sobering way of bringing into focus just how incredibly lucky I am!
I dragged myself (and my partner) to ballroom dancing on Friday night. Yeah, of course it was hard going but I really enjoy connecting with others. I am quite an extravert and love having fun. (I sleep the Friday and Saturday in order to go, but it is well worth it! I just dance the first part and am dragged through the second half lol).
I hope you've had a good weekend too :)