It’s inevitable that whenever a major event happens in your life, good or bad, the impact leaves a lasting imprint somewhere in the back of your mind. It actually may change you forever. Your view on life will be different.
Tinnitus has done that to me. Apart from the physical challenges, tinnitus changes you on a mental level as well. I am sure you all agree with me. It’s not easy. It’s like a storm going on in your mind. But what if just for a moment, we look at it differently.
Remember, storms don’t last forever, sooner or later the sun has to come out.
Looking at the positive side
What if I tell you that having tinnitus brought about some positive changes in my life? Urrgh!! You probably wondering.What the hell is he talking about?
Bear with me and hear me out. Every significant event brings about a life changing attitude to us humans,right?
Your first kiss, your wedding day, the day you bought your first car….think of anything positive that happened to you… and changed you somehow…..got it.. can you see the change from what you were before the incident.Even if it’s small,the point is there is a change.
I have observed how my life has changed over the past three years as a result of tinnitus.My perception towards certain things have changed as result.
I am going to focus on the positive things here. Look, I am not going to be ignorant of the negative consequences of tinnitus.We all know it’s there and it will stay there. But, today I want to talk about positivity for one reason and one reason only: Hope.
To give you all hope. Hope that we can and will win this fight. No matter how long, or how hard or even how tired we get.We will all shine our light, even if it is a spark , it’s hope.
Are you ready?
Giving Ego the Boot
Before tinnitus started affecting me,I had a bigger than average Ego.I used to be self-centered, things needed to be about me,around me and for me.
I used to have parties at my place like there was no tomorrow.I did not worry too much about my health.I thought that I am still young, and that nothing will ever happen to me.
Tinnitus taught me a lesson, in life. One that I am still learning.
The lesson I learnt is that ,I should never underestimate the way life works.
You think you are in control, but ‘wakey wakey’, you’re NOT, not even by a longshot.So I had to deal with it.
Deal with the fact that anything can happen to you and your health in a split-second and there is no escape.More importantly, you cannot control as to when it’s going to happen and for how long it will last.
I could not accept it and fought with it both tooth and nail, till I went blue in the face. Eventually after exchanging some very colorful words with HIM,I gave in
And what you do know?, the solution slapped me in the face.
“You Have got to start Respecting your body.”
“You Have got to start to Take Care of your body.”
Its time to stop looking everywhere for Attention and Respect.Everything you need is within you.Its time to start to get know yourself.
And so, my journey began…..
Watched less TV
I, like so many of you out there love my movies and TV.Before I had my tinnitus, I used to watch full seasons of popular shows, back to back in one week.
For the past ten months that went by, I can tell you with full confidence that I did not complete watching a single season of any series.I may have watched maximum of one or three episodes, but that’s it.
I don’t completely abstain from watching though. Besides, when I do watch I strain and struggle to hear, that if you had to see my facial expression, it would look like I swallowed 10 lemons.With full honesty, it has now come to a point where I don’t miss it.
I have found other things to do in this time.Things that I feel helped me to cope better with the tinnitus changes.
These included things like
Coloring– I put my radio on and have some lovely instrumental music playing on.Get my pencil colors out and I am off into the world of coloring mandalas.I am so addicted to this, it’s not funny.You should try it, it’s meditative, relaxing and calming.
It has all the good stuff to lessen tinnitus.
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Reading– This is the first time in ages that I finally completed reading a novel, from cover to cover. Man, did it feel good.But who knew that this reading would take me to a whole new world…….
The world of Helping others with Tinnitus
I felt an urgent calling to write a book about tinnitus.I had no clue how I would go about doing it.All I know is that a lot of people are suffering from it.Together with my pharmaceutical knowledge and own personal experience with tinnitus, I knew in my heart it is the right thing.
I just needed a way.
So how did reading help me find this way?
The most fantastic thing that came about from reading, is the birth of this website.I was sitting and browsing the Internet,when by accident I came across a website that teaches you about building ‘ your own website’
A website instead of a book…interesting,very interesting.
You’ve got to be kidding me.That would be awesome, so I said to myself,why not, let’s give it a go.I was up to the challenge of building a website around tinnitus and dived all in.I never looked back.
So that is the story of how a different path of my life started as a result of tinnitus.
All made possible just by reading.Who says reading is not powerful??
One of the other things that came about from my experience was the feeling of gratitude. Though I envied almost everyone who would just engage with such ease talking and listening to each other, I saw a lot of other people struggling along and it opened my eyes.
I starting seeing people less fortunate than I.People who struggle to put food on the table for their family.Elderly people strolling along with walking sticks unaccompanied with a deep sadness in their eyes.People fighting strange diseases whereby doctors aren’t even sure of the cure, or let alone its treatment.
And here I am,fortunate to have two jobs. One as a pharmacist and the second is this website. I have God to thank for my wonderful wife and certain family members who have supported me in this tinnitus battle, so I was never alone. Yes tinnitus is not a disease,but a symptom. Nonetheless, we still have ways of dealing with it.
So now I ask you, have you got something to be positive about?
My message from this article is simple.Our fight with tinnitus can and will be won. A huge part of the success is to shift our focus onto positive areas in our life.Things that makes us feel alive and excited.
In this way, we give less power to the big ‘T’ and make it a small ‘t’
What makes it easy is knowing that you are not alone and that support is there in dealing with tinnitus changes.A lot of people take the full weight on their shoulders making it harder than it should be.
I strongly believe that we all were suppose to help one another.That’s the purpose of this website. To help one another and learn more about tinnitus.
For now,you must know,there is a way.And we are on the right path….
There are many more positive aspects that can come about from tinnitus. The point here is to show you that is not all doom and gloom. Perhaps, you have experienced something positive as a result.
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