Thank you for waking me up! You reared your ugly head and made my life so miserable that I was forced to make drastic changes. Wrangling this dragon for the past 10 years has taught me countless things about myself, life and managing a chronic medical condition.
The lessons I learned help me every day as I juggle four boys, a full time job, friends, family, blogging – and probably a few other things that I am neglecting or completely forgetting!20 Life Lessons brought to you by #Narcolepsy. #FunnyNotFunny Click To Tweet
Top 20 life lessons brought to you by Narcolepsy:
- “No” is a complete sentence! Don’t feel like you need to justify yourself beyond “NO”.
- There is a reason why they call it the “rest room!” It CAN be used for quick rests/ cat naps!
- No one cares more about you than YOU! Be your own biggest advocate and cheerleader!
- If you THINK you fell asleep in a meeting, chances are you DID!
- Your friends will think your Narcolepsy is a novelty.
- You will have to explain WHAT Narcolepsy means in your specific case MANY TIMES, but remember that you are creating awareness.
- Having a sense of humor goes a long way.
- You WILL turn into a pumpkin if you stay out past 10:00pm – don’t tempt fate.
- Nap time can happen ANY time, and that’s OK, – you are creating awareness!
- Your boys know that mama naps here, there – anywhere. They will bring you pillows and blankets when it happens.
- Watching movies, sitting in meetings, talking to people are all overrated – naps are better!
- Some nights your dreams are so scary that staying awake is the safer alternative.
- Fighting sleep attacks is futile, embrace a quick nap.
- Starbucks is a necessity, not a luxury.
- Know your shortcomings, but don’t dwell on them.
- Celebrate your strengths and focus on them.
- Change direction, even mid-stream, no one is really keeping track of your path in life.
- Become a student of your condition, but not a slave to it.
- You have Narcolepsy; it doesn’t have YOU.
- Take life one nap at a time.
Thank you, Narcolepsy for making me more efficient with my energy and time. It is because of you that multi-tasking has become a necessity and a life-style. When people say “I don’t know how you do it all”, I can proudly say “I owe it all to my Narcolepsy!”
For further information on Narcolepsy follow “Julie Flygare” and the work she does to create awareness.