Life is terribly short, so don't waste a moment sweating over the small stuff. Does it really matter if your husband continually leaves the toilet seat up? Do your children fill the sink with dirty dishes despite you telling them a hundred times to put them in the dishwasher? What about finding a trail of muddy paw prints the dog left after the floor has been washed? These are without doubt irritating but in the scope of things, they are really so unimportant. When you figure out what really matters in life, the small daily frustrations pale in significance and take a back seat.
I suspect it's no one's idea of a good time, getting up at 04:00 in the morning when everyone else is fast asleep. Living with Parkinson's is somewhat like being on a different time warp, and finding myself wide awake at the most inopportune hours. I try to be productive making the most of this time. It was on Valentine's Day last Friday, in the wee hours of the morning whilst my sweetheart was still asleep, and the sun was far from making its appearance, that I started to get busy with yeast baking. I made whole wheat bread rolls, and sweet cinnamon buns. Whilst these were proving and rising nicely in the warmth of our kitchen, I laid the breakfast table and made a typical "Full Monty" British breakfast; sausages, fried eggs, mushrooms, fried potatoes and baked beans (this is not a breakfast for those watching their calories!). My husband finally awoke to a wonderful, leisurely breakfast and together we spent a very lovely morning. Despite being unwell, I try my best to make every occasion special. Taking the time and effort to go that extra mile, to please your partner, making them feel special is very important, especially when your partner is your caregiver and takes care of you most of the time.
I have dedicated this week's article in The Huffington Post to a dear friend who is going through a rough time. The body and spirit are undeniably connected, so by keeping up a fight and remaining positive is of the utmost importance when facing a serious health issue.