I am so bored… my mood was alright until the past few days. Maybe it was because of my last therapy session where we talked about death, and a part of me just felt kinda bummed. What if I die? That’s just the end… and I really wish I could do so much more before my time is up. I’m also so sad at the thought of leaving my family. But these thoughts aren’t very helpful since they’re out of my hands. It also could be that everything goes well and all this worrying was for nothing. Despite my hanging on to the success stories, there are so many people, young people my age who have passed away either through an unsuccessful surgery or after a year or two.
How to stay motivated and productive? IDK. I am actually tired of Mario Kart now since I play religiously for a couple hours everyday, and I am also getting road rage at Waluigi and other characters. I’ve started trying some cooking recipes this week, but none of them made me that happy because it wasn’t super successful or delicious. I have this weird thing lately where I keep trying to fill a void by trying new things and getting really excited, but then being like “oh that was just ok” after. For example, the recipes, and ordering a bunch of korean instant noodles, and now looking at clothes and I want to buy everything, but I know I don’t NEED some of these items.
I have dealt with a few minor insurance things this week, and then wondering what to get my brother for his birthday. It’s tough! Hard to know what he would actually like or find useful. I also finally measured my body parts so I know exactly what kind of clothes would fit me well. I also contacted a couple apartments in Philly to get some information on the places we could stay at post-transplant recovery.
I’ve been continuously working on lessening my impact on the environment. Steps I’ve taken the past year and recently:
- Dropps – eco-friendly laundry detergent. I can’t really tell the difference in the usage of it, but I only bought a sample pack so far. It comes shipped in a brown cardboard box and dissolvable plastic.
- Hydroflasks + Swell – Reusable, High Quality Water Bottles for my family and me. No more plastic bottles unless emergency use
- Reusable Grocery Bags – we got some wegman bags, but 50% of the time we forget to bring them or use them when we go grocery shopping. Still in progress.
- Metal + Bamboo Straws – either reusing plastic straws that we have at home, refusing plastic when we go out to eat, and buying reusable straws instead
- Everlane – clothes that are eco-friendly and also ethical.
Now my internet knows I’m interested in these types of things and I keep getting ads, which I don’t entirely mind.
It’s now Friday late at night, and I feel a bit better (I started this post at the beginning of the day). Tomorrow my dad and I are going to bake and maybe go grocery shopping for a little bit. In a sense, my dad is my best friend and the most comfortable person to be around, and he always does things for me with endless patience and tolerates my tempers. In regards to the therapy session about death, I have decided to buy each of my family members and maybe friends a special gift, one that they will always associate with me. It doesn’t have to be anything extremely unique or fancy, but something we had talked about or whatever. I have decided to buy my mom a pair of earrings, because we have talked about it forever, and I want the design to be special from her other earrings, so I looked on Etsy. I don’t know what to do about everyone else yet, but I have time.
Claire Wineland died at 21 years old after a lung transplant. But she is my hugest inspiration and role model, because she achieved more and looked on life in a positive perspective that most people who have lived far longer will never manage or appreciate. Time is truly short, and with that, she always enjoyed her time with her family and friends, did what she loved, started a foundation, gave uplifting speeches, and became an adviser for a movie (“Five Feet Apart”). Like, damn girl. And she managed to stay beautiful in every possible way.
While I’ve gone through a bum wave, I am now thinking again about what it would be like to walk more than a couple minutes and not be exhausted, to spend time hanging out with a group of friends and not have to recover the next day, to be able to explore and travel, in the cold and in the heat, walk up a slight incline or stairs and not be out of breath, holy fuck, I think the truth is everyone else is living the life of a superhero, but most people are oblivious to the miracle that they are and all that untapped potential. The body and mind is made up of a million mini functions and organs that work together to keep you alive every second of every day. To have zero issues in any of those departments is indeed, a walking miracle and the ultimate blessing.
What life has thrown at me, most of us will experience eventually, just I am going through it earlier and more intensely. When faced with greater pressure and intensity, one can also manipulate the sour lemons into greater perseverance and make something bigger out of it. I’m not sure exactly what that is yet, but I want to discover it. Most of us are more alike than we realize; we can feel self-conscious, worry about what others think, and that can manifest itself in anything from using a wheelchair to having a pimple. I guess in that sense, it calms me down to know that I am not that different after all, and definitely not that alone.