Note to self – before reacting (or over-reacting) to information, make sure you have all the facts. And if possible, check with a reliable source, before you start jumping to conclusions.
I almost walked away from a very important relationship over the weekend, because I had bad information, and I didn’t think it all through well enough.
I panicked. And I jumped the gun. And I overreacted to the point where I was planning on restructuring my entire life.
For no good reason. I was wrong about some key points, and I regret having lost what could have been an amazingly creative and productive weekend.
Note to self – get out of your head. Value your hours — and your relationships — enough to get all the facts before trashing your life.
I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot.
I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life.
It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.
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