Well, my time in Indy has come to a close! I head to the airport tomorrow morning although thankfully not as early in the morning as when I flew in! I can take my time at the airport and maybe even get an earlier flight! I purposely set it to be a mid-afternoon flight so I could get some rest in the morning.
I have enjoyed multiple sessions, great conversations, and some great mentoring/networking. It is so awesome to have come again for my second year, I realize that networking takes time and I’m so blessed that I have been able to take advantage now of these many opportunities. Very thankful that my body held up!! I didn’t get to do everything I wanted to do like sight see further from my hotel but it has been good.
Tonight I came back to my room and laid down for a nap! I have been going since this morning. I woke up and saw the alarm clock, I thought I had slept through the night (sure!!!!) and was at risk of adding one more day to my hotel bill. So I ran around the room throwing stuff in my suitcase and getting dressed when I peaked out the window….it was dark. I checked my electronic gadgets and realized whew! I had only slept an hour 🙂
Don’t you love those moments! Waking up and thinking I was waking up in the next day has happened to me before, usually when I was soooo tired! After this week I will say I am definitely tired! I think one thought that has persisted in my mind today is how many other people have started this journey? How many other students are working on their doctorate degrees and entering the academic work world….all with some serious chronic illnesses?
I thought today can I do this? Can I finish this degree and work? How will I work with my rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, Sjogrens, and chronic fatigue? How can I be successful with these issues and more! I sat and thought about it for a while today. And then I realized a few things.
First, I have to try! I will never know unless I do! And so that is what I am going to do! I am going to finish my coursework, hopefully pass my exams, and finish my dissertation. And then I will work hard to get into the academic work world. I have faith that where I need to go…and what I need to be….it will happen. I will trust my God, rest in peace with my faith, and know God’s plan will work out.
Second, I need to make caring for my health a priority!! I have to remember to take my meds. I need to make sure I’m doing everything I should be doing to battle my illnesses. Yes, oral chemo sucks!!!! And all the other pills suck!! But that’s my life, it isn’t going away. If I want to be successful with my illnesses, I have to take care of myself.
And lastly, I need to take care of myself physically! I found a gym with a heated pool! So I’m thinking of joining so I can start working out my body in a warm pool! Also, this gym has yoga!! My goal is to focus on this piece of my life! I need to!
So there are my random thoughts for the night! Let’s see what my future holds!! 🙂
Late night pics in Indy below 🙂