On Saturday I had an incredible day. But, when I think about it, I expect it will seem mundane, ordinary and is perhaps a weekly occurance for many people. The great day? Going shopping.
Seriously, on Saturday, my boyfriend and I went to a nearby town to visit Heaven Is A Cupcake (they had a stall and I just had to buy some cupcakes), go shopping at the market and have lunch. All in all, it was a fantastic day for me. I'm sure many of you are thinking - so what? Well, for me, Saturday was a big day. I rarely am able to leave the house for long periods of time now, especially without my wheelchair; so going out for a whole day was something I looked forward to for weeks. It is also something I'm still recovering from.
Because, having M.E., I can't just spontaneously get up and go out. I have to rest for days beforehand so I know I'll be able to get home. And I have to arrange it at a time when I know it won't matter too much if I can't do anything for the next week or so (that's why I haven't been blogging yet this week). Basically, this weekend tradition which I loved when I was a kid, is now an event in my life. It happens rarely, and when it does I make the most of it as I know I'm going to have to pay the price for my enjoyment.
I am not writing this to make you feel guilty. Believe me, that's the last thing I want. I am happy for you that you are able to live a full life. But please remember how lucky you are. They say that you don't know what you have until you lose it, and I have to say that that is incredibly true of health. We take our bodies and abilities for granted - until we don't have them anymore and it's too late.
Anyway, there will be pictures of my day out as soon as I get round to sorting them out. For now, I have a week's worth of writing to catch up on as I've spent the past 3 days stuck in bed.