Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning


Blazing A Trail

The opening task for this year’s Photo Challenges is to present an image that depicts “beginning”. I chose this specific shot as it speaks to my current circumstances.

In a couple of months, I will be admitted into hospital for treatment of my Functional Movement Disorder. This will be the first time in two and a half years that I will be entering hospital to treat rather than investigate my illness. It is a somewhat daunting prospect.

The great news is that I have been accepted onto the rehabilitation programme. That is amazing in itself as acceptance is only extended to those the doctors feel will respond to the treatment and gain some improvement.

But I have been warned that there is no guarantee of the level of improvement. The process will be long and slow; and for a few months, will increase the level of suffering that my body is undergoing.

And so for this process, I have to set my mind and thoughts to act like the confetti in the image. The hope that this treatment will help me unite with my body; will help me find balance, is strong. But I have to take that excitement over the threshold of the admission (and pain) and into the every day.

My mantra for 2014 is “I am the wonder of the ages. I am magnificence!”. And hopefully by the end of the year, this will be evident in my being physically stronger, regularly walking, occasionally dancing and able to function in my daily life.

I hope to look a little something like this:
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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.

24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

  1. You are a strong person, you have a positive outlook and firm, easily identifiable goals. Why should things not turn out as you wish? I understand your metaphor, but I wonder if confetti is powerful enough to describe your firmness of purpose…
    I am a supporter of you now and no doubt there will be thousands more cheering you on and sending positive vibes…

    1. Dear 2far2shout,

      Thank you for your generous and uplifting comments. I’ll add you to the cheering section and prep suitable pompoms. 😉

      I get what you mean about the metaphor. I wasn’t sure about it initially, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed fitting.

      Confetti is thrown as a symbolic ritual marking the start of something or to celebrate a milestone. The word comes from Medieval Latin meaning “to prepare” – which perfectly suits this new chapter of my healing process.

      It appears frail and delicate, but anyone who’s ever had to clear the stuff away will tell you that it takes a lot of effort to do so. And I’m hoping that when the winds of frustration and discouragement start blowing away at my resolve, the colours and the movement will act as a nudge to hold more tightly to my hope and my envisioned goal.

      Plus, the movement of confetti on the air reminds me of dancing – which I adore and miss dearly. And so it acts as a reminder of joy in the effort: because I am working to return to doing the things that bring me the most pleasure.

    1. Thank you, Fraukje.

      Functional Movement Disorder means that there is a problem with the way my brain is sending messages to, and receiving messages from, my body. I don’t know if I am capable of movement until the moment that I try. And then, my body may move in a way other than intended.

      If you want to know more, I wrote a post describing the symptoms and how they have impacted my life. It is available here: https://mightwar.com/2012/11/25/spastic-and-sht/

  2. Good luck on your healing journey. It’s always been frustrating to me when for whatever reason my body couldn’t do what I expected it to do, but then it always healed up… I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be in your body. Best wishes, Annette

    1. Thank you, Annette. The frustration is a daily chafe, but I have been blessed with people who hold me, allow me to freely share what I need to and then laugh with me at my predicament. They have made this whole experience bearable. And now, finally, comes the start of doing something to improve the situation. Bring it on, say I!

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