Benchmarks can help a person think about your life: what’s happened to you, the choices you’ve made and the results of those choices.
When I was younger (say under 30), this was something other people talked about but I didn’t really “get it”. Not anymore. New Year’s, my birthday … even mother’s day, I find that I contemplate — where I’ve been, where I am and, sometimes, where I’d like to be.
I’ve been both unlucky and lucky with my health. I’ve had some really bad times when I’ve been very sick for long stretches at a time. But, it’s mostly gotten better. My life has been filled with good things– a loving husband and two daughters and a wide network of supportive extended family and friends. But, I without work, I have always felt incomplete and found that my bad health became even worse for me.
I’ve needed something for myself. A way that I could feel accomplishment and feel “normal” even when I was sick, in pain and tired.
So, here’s the real luck: I’ve always been determined. It’s a hard trait to acquire and it’s come naturally to me since I’ve been small. It’s taken lots of determination and persistence– 10 years to create work that I could do at my pace, that would allow me to keep my health intact and that I love to do, even on the “sick” days.
This New Year, I’m feeling deep satisfaction that I accomplished this work, CIcoach.com, in the face of such distracting and disabling physical issues.