Little wisdoms from a girl who spent nearly a quarter of a year in bed

“Ugh. I just don’t want to get out of bed. Like never. I want to stay under these covers with a cup of tea and a good book for the rest of my life.”

That would be me complaining at 7 AM before going to school just a little while ago, but don’t they say something along the lines of “be careful what you wish for”? I got launched out of my wheelchair in December last year, and broke 5 bones in my legs. As a result I spend two and a half months in bed, and only a couple of days ago I got up and in my wheelchair again for the first time.

Even though I was high as fuck with my daily dose of morphine (especially in the beginning, you may ask my dear friend Désirée with whom I had many interesting conversations only to spontaneously fall asleep mid-sentence) I spent a lot of the abundance of time I had on my hands thinking and mulling over every facet of my life, and I’d like to say that I learned quite a bit – despite lacking my weekly lessons about electron configuration and the acceleration of gravity. Here it goes:

  • Don’t ever ever ever take your health (or state of being in general) for granted, even if you feel like you don’t have so much to lose. Trust me: you’ll end up losing. Big time.
  • Welcome every opportunity to see your friends/family and have a good time with arms wide open, because feeling lonely (even if you realise you’re not technically lonely) feels like utter bullcrap and I wouldn’t wish that upon my greatest enemy.
  • At least try to wake up every single day of the year with  “what shall I do on this beautiful and promising day?” instead of “ugh, another day, another drag” because 365 may seem like a big number, but you’ll realise sooner rather than later that it’s really not that infinite.
  • Sitting still won’t get you anywhere, ever. I promise. So don’t lose focus on your dreams and goals, and worse: don’t just sit there and stare at them from a distance. I can guarantee you that they won’t spontaneously start running towards you so that you can simply open your arms and welcome they home, because sadly it doesn’t seem to work that way. I know, ridiculous isn’t it? You’ll have to fight for them. Just like one of my favourite phrases from a Paramore song: “You can’t just stay down on your knees, the revolution is outside. You wanna make a difference? Get out and go begin it.”

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