I read an interesting reaction to my post It’s More Fun Being the Painter. One commenter/fellow blogger wrote about it and received this comment:
Jean has the superior air of someone who has been privileged as well as lucky. Anyone who believes they have control over their life is delusional.
Ah, apparently she isn’t motivated by the quotes:
It is more fun to be the painter than the paint.
If you want your story to be magnificent, begin by realizing you are the author, and every day is a new page.
I do find them motivating. When life bops me on the head, quotes like these lift my spirits and remind me I’m not helpless, that life can still be an adventure. I mostly don’t use them very much, but this last year I dealt with shingles in my left eye, a separate eyesight problem, and an every-two-years DEXA scan that showed my regular efforts at the Y on the leg/hip machine hasn’t stopped my left hip from sliding down into the almost osteoporotic range.
One has to make decisions. I noticed the vision in my left eye was worse shortly after the shingles, but the local doctor said it wasn’t from the shingles, it was just a cataract. So I went to the cataract specialist in Santa Fe and he said, no, the cataract in that eye was no worse than the one in my right eye. I needed to talk to their retinal specialist about maculoschisis, the Swiss-cheezy-looking part of my macula in the picture below. The layers of the retina have split apart.
The only correction for it would be a vitrectomy, where they take the vitreous fluid out of your eye, which has its own risks, so we decided to wait and see if it gets worse. That was last October, and I’ll see that doctor again in April. I also have my regular exam here in a month, so I should also find out something then. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed, let them know if things get noticeably worse, and focus my energy and attention on something else.
I did a lot of research about my eye, and also about osteopenia/osteoporosis. The usual recommendation for OP is that I start taking medicine to avoid fractures, but I had trouble years ago when they wanted me to take some, so I’m going to say no unless I start getting fractures. I don’t want to be foolish about it, so I’ve tweaked my diet some and have made a lot of changes to the exercises I’m doing. I’ve joined the National Osteoporis Foundation support group and have gotten a lot of good ideas there. It’s been reassuring that there are a lot of non-drug things I can do to decrease the chances of breaking vertebrae or a hip. There are no guarantees, and the numbers aren’t that bad yet — only a 3% chance of a hip fracture in the next ten years, an 11% of any fracture — but the numbers have been getting steadily worse and I want to know I’ve played my part well.
So for me motivational quotes aren’t about trying to control life, it’s about handling the inevitable bumps in the road with good cheer. Have I been privileged and lucky? Of course. Compared to most of the people in the world, all of us bloggers have been. All the more reason to appreciate what I have now while I still have it and not complain when things don’t go perfectly. By now I have a number of tools to help me do that, and some motivational quotes are towards the top of the list. Not everyone likes this approach to life, and that’s fine too. It’s not about being better or worse, it’s about what works for each of us. What works for you?
January 26, 2016