|How cute are these $1 kits from Target?|
I did All-State Choir, I did Orchestra, I sang in Dinner Theatre, I even did a sculpture at Miami Beach Art Basel. Looking back now, it's such an A-ha moment because I would’ve never found my love for the Arts if it hadn’t been for Arthritis.
|Baby booties I made last year |
for my dear friend's first grandchild
Nowadays, my swollen hands make it impossible to do any of those things. Being disabled, I find it's easy to get caught up in feelings of inadequacy, not to mention boredom. I mean, just think of the word! DIS-ABLE-D It feels like it just labels me as "can't-contribute-to-society."
It's horrible! To me, that’s not living, that's not thriving, that's not anything. It’s just existing and what kind of life is that? That's why I find it so therapeutic to have a hobby to feel like I have goals and accomplishments! I just set a goal (i.e. I want to learn how to hem pants) and then practice and read and learn how to do it! (i.e. pants now hemmed by me!)
Since having to sign up for disability, I’ve done crafting, crocheting, sewing, painting, and cooking. Not all my projects have come out amazing (or edible), but a few have come out pretty good. :) Lately, however, with my hands getting worse, even these hobbies have become truly impossible. The joints in my hands just can’t do the movements necessary to do these things and when I try, they end up hugely swollen and painful for a week.
|Left: Tomato, Middle: Basil, Right: Another type of Tomato|
I'm not going to let being DIS-Abled prevent me from enjoying life. I'll just find something that I am ABLE to do. Here’s to trying new things!