The above quote was by Jack London. I have several books of quotes and enjoy reading them. There are so many quotes that apply to life in general. I love finding quotes that relate to various situations that occur in my life. Now
am intrigued with quotes that can be applied to my journey with dementia. My dementia is of the Lewy body type.
When someone receives their diagnosis of dementia, their entire being is shaken like an earthquake. It is so overwhelming. A flood of emotions encompasses the mind and body. You feel numb and speechless. It is difficult to make the transition from diagnosis to "game plan" for living. I would suggest that waiting only robs someone of valuable time that can be used to develop that "game plan". The longer that it takes to develop the "game plan", the longer it takes to start "LIVING". After the "game plan" is developed, we can begin living life to the fullest again. I know it took me fifteen months after diagnosis to start having peace, joy, fun and so much more, than what I was experiencing just before and after diagnosis I was not experiencing any of those things.
There are so many things that I am now able to enjoy and cherish that I never had time for before. This is sad, but, true. Chandra Wilson, once said, "Our happiness is certainly mixed with tragedies of life. You have to find the lemonade. You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life,"
I would suggest that the sooner we are able to do this, the sooner, we will be able to live life to the fullest.
©2015 Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles, Jr.