Old Habits Die Hard (If they die at all!)

Mitch Schneider
January 5, 2020

I missed last night’s blog after a busy Saturday spent searching for a better way to organize, implement and execute.

It’s the beginning of a new year, a new decade and close to the anniversary of my first transplant birthday. That makes it seem like it should be well worth the effort. I say that knowing how good I am at creating lists like this and just how terrible I am when it comes to prioritizing them!

For me, every item on the list deserves to be there. Consequently, removing an item is difficult if not impossible. But that isn’t the biggest problem I have with lists like these. The biggest problem I have is including me on the list at all. I’m not sure how or why, but it’s always been easier to sacrifice my wants, needs, and expectations on the Altar of the Greater Good. The greater good of family, profession, and industry.

Me Time

I caught myself before actually completing my 2020 List of Things to Accomplish, in time to at least attempt to figure out where and how to insert some “Me Time” in amongst all the “Have To’s” and “Want To’s.”

A friend suggested the only way to do that successfully would be to start out with those things that are important to your well-being: like personal growth and consistent physical exercise. It sounds good as it floats through the air from someone else’s mouth to your ears. But starting out with “I” and “Me” when you’re a We/Us person can actually be painful.

Nevertheless, I have to try. Recovery from the transplant, Primary Myelofibrosis, this current episode of Graft vs Host Disease, blood clots and emboli demand it. The question is: Am I the only one struggling with this? If not, any suggestions would be graciously accepted and deeply appreciated!

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