Saturday, October 03, 2020

Turning Ten

Time is arbitrary. One set of 365 days  is not the equivalent of the next.

Take 2010 for me and 2020 for everyone, please. It's hard to believe, yes; and if you're reading this post, you've probably been on this wild ride with me the entire time (thanks!), but today is (around) the ten-year anniversary of my stroke! I've called it my aneurversary, some in the BI community call it a brainiversary, some a re-birthday. I see it mostly as a waypoint. It's a great signpost to the moment my life took a sharp turn, but I don't celebrate or mourn that day so long ago.

The extreme measures of my experience at times made me oddly optimistic during this past decade -- mostly in a comforting, New York, New York, "If I made it through that, I can make it through anywhat," way. This past year, however, has stripped down much of that can-do spirit back to cynicism of old. I've needed to do a fair amount of soul searching about planning in advance and trusting my instincts about maintaining control and problem solving.

To that end, I found this article reassuringly simple to follow. I've also tried to focus on problems with clear-cut solutions.

As I've hopefully expressed clearly, one of the proudest and most fulfilling accomplishments of my semicolon has been forming and supporting the Ability Employee Resource Group at work, for employees with disabilities and family caregivers. October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we're holding our second annual (this time virtual, pre-recorded) talent show emphasizing ability over disability. I touted last year's performance in May (Disability Insurance Awareness Month), and Part 2 of my Half-Brained Magic Act is below:

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