“Hakuna Matata what a wonderful phrase. Ain’t no worries for the rest of my day. It’s a problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata”.
We just spent two days at Disney World, which is my happy place. We are annual pass holders so we get to visit several times a year. This was my first visit since I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and I have a whole new appreciation for this place and the joy it brings to so many.
Hakuna Matata really needs to be my mantra. This whole Alzheimer’s situation is out of my hands, and I really just need to give it to God and trust that he will handle it for me. Worrying and fretting will get me nowhere quickly and will just steal my joy. I can’t allow this to happen.
Do I worry? Do I get down on the dumps and depressed. Every once in awhile I have a good cry, but usually I keep those unproductive thoughts at bay. I have too much living to do. So much I want to see and do. So much to be grateful for.
Alzheimer’s may eventually steal my mind and my memories but I am not letting it happen soon. I am going to fight with every ounce of energy I can. Depression and anxiety are two symptoms of this disease, both of which I thankfully have not suffered from throughout my life and I am going to do everything I can to keep it from consuming me. Things I can do to help: exercise, excellent nutrition, socialize, and sleep well. Be grateful for all the good things in my life and don’t fret about the bad things.
Life is not always easy. But life is good and I am beyond grateful.