“Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored.” -Wayne Dyer
A few weeks back, when Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy returned to the gym, he found himself speaking with a classmate before yoga class.The conversation included much of what you might expect, such as “how have you been doing?” (her to me) and “how are you liking the new yoga instructor?” (me to her).
What was out of the ordinary, at least in my opinion, was her response to my question. Maybe before I lived with RA, I would have gone along with her frame of mind without missing a beat. But on this recent day I instead found myself holding back my thoughts, and biting my tongue.
“I’m really liking the new instructor,” she said – “but it’s getting a little boring. The classes are the same every day.”
If there is one thing that I have learned, it is that living with rheumatoid arthritis is many things, but it is never boring!
Even if I do the same yoga routine every or the rest of my life , each and every episode would be as unique and non-boring as it could possibly be. Some days, it would be my left ankle that I could not put much weight on. Other days, I would have to perform the entire routine without placing any weight on my wrists, as I have done many times in the past. There would be days like yesterday, where I would not even make it to class.
By the way, my best friends came into town yesterday: cold weather and rain! My feet were so stiff in the morning that I could not get out to bed. Luckily, they eventually warmed up and I was able to make my 11:00 am physical therapy appointment.
Sometimes the uniqueness of each session would not even relate to my body and to my rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes, it would be the changing angle of the morning sun or the different birds that are singing in the nearby park that would make each class unique.
Maybe if RA had not entered my life, I would still be like my friend – bored of the beauty that constantly surrounds us, and bored of my body’s ability to move. Wren from RheumaBlog recently wrote some similar thought about the beauty of Everyday Magic.
So I found myself chuckling inwards during the conversation before class that day. Here is this lady (seemingly healthy) complaining about the fact that she finds it boring to perform the same routine every day, talking to me (who lives with RA) who was estatic about the fact that I was returning to the gym after a two month absence.
It is during times like this, when I feel very grateful for the lessons that rheumatoid arthritis continues to teach me. For the longest time I fought tooth and nail against the presence of RA in my body. I am happy that I have now reached a moment where I can, like many of my fellow RA bloggers, accept it and continue to find the bright side of living with this illness.
And, I can continue to find solace in the fact that at least my life will never be boring!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!