Realization: I cope with type 1 diabetes by intellectualizing it. I still cannot look at diabetes as a mere disease. It has to be something “more”…
I often reflect upon diabetes in a philosophical manner.
I often explore the psychological impact that diabetes has had on me.
I imagine that diabetes is an opponent, and try to out-strategize it.
At other times, I see it as being pertinent to my vocation.
Having realized this, I delved into my past.
Having delved into my past, I came to noticed this: when I interpret diabetes as something mundane, my focus tends to shift elsewhere.
I have discerned a pattern.
I only decide to dissipate mental energy thinking about diabetes when I recognize that it has a “greater significance.”
All signs point in one direction. Thankfully, I am content with the destination.
Focusing predominantly upon the everyday realities of type 1 diabetes does me harm. Having realized this, I can now adapt in a more mindful manner.
To exist is to change; to live is to adapt.
At diagnosis, we were thrown into a new reality. More or less skillfully, we all adapt – each in our own way.
How does this apply to you?