As I was laying half awake, this series of scenes played themselves out in my head. I’d call it a day dream, except it wasn’t all peaceful and happy.
It resolved around my current health struggles, and the impact they are having on my career. The drama in my head ended with me out of work, on disabality or unemployment or something. The feeling of being that way was really tough. I had this sensation that to be that way, to get money that way, would be a terrible place to be.
Please hear me out. I’m doing quite the opposite of judging somebody who is not able to enjoy gainful employment, for whatever reason.
I had this feeling that if I ended up that way, it would be my illness, my brokeness that is providing for my family. I had this sense that to mantain that way of being I’d have to almost nurture my sickness, that it would become the center of who I am. It would be like I’d be a professional patient: my way of providing for the family.
(I hope it doesn’t feel this way to people who are recieving disabality. Again, this is a system we all pay in to and are all entitled to. I’m thankful that it is there. But none of this makes it any fun.)
On the heels of this was the realization that it’s an awesome thing to be able to provide for my family through the better parts of me, through my skills and through my hard work. It’s a pretty awesome system, for all it’s problems, that allows us to make the world a better place and care for our families at the same time.
If you’re somebody who is working hard, making the world a better place, and taking care of your family, I hope you’ll share with me a sense of how blessed it is to be able to do this.