Honoring My Limitations and Choices

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

July 25th, 2009 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

Well the BlogHer conference is over, and I’m going home! Looking forward to biking on the beach and getting back into my daily dance routine in my living room.

I was beating myself up this morning, because I wasn’t doing the conference the way I was supposed to; ie, I slept in late and arrived just a few hours before the conference ended. And other people with chronic pain or chronic illness somehow managed to make the entire conference program, so why couldn’t I?

But I got out of the conference exactly what I needed, and had I tried pushing myself beyond my limitations and comfort zone, I probably would not have been as present or comfortable. What’s more, although I didn’t attend too many sessions, I spent my time bonding with awesome women with chronic illness, sitting in the lounge chairs in the hallways.

Lastly and most importantly, it’s really quite useless to compare myself to other people. They are doing what works for them, and I’m doing what works for me. I am moving more and more towards getting out of this I-must-be-perfect mindset and honoring my limitations and the choices I make to take care of myself as best as possible.

Very cool highlight of the day: Tim Gunn from Project Runway was here. I have been planning on writing a series of articles on chronic pain’s effect on fashion – specifically on my ability to have any kind of style for the past decade plus. I have decided to interview him about this topic and get his advice for us chronic pain warrior types. So I spoke with his publicist and will follow up with her when I have written a few blog posts on the topic. Stay tuned!

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