The Importance of a Backup Plan

20 years of living with chronic pain have taught me that no plan is complete without a backup plan!

Today was the perfect example. Wanting to spend the 4th of July at Disneyland but not wanting to exhaust myself with a full day visit, my husband and I decided we’d enjoy 4-5 evening hours there on the 3rd and 5-6 during the day on the fourth of July.

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I had planned to use my rollator for both visits. However, my body had other plans.

There was no way my body would have been able to handle returning to the park on independence day unless I modified my plans.

Accepting the possibility of a plan b and having one ready to go made for a wonderful day. I walked a little bit, but for most of our outing, my family pushed me in my wheelchair.

Long ago, my pride would have been bruised and my attitude would have been awful. But now I accept it for what it is.

My body isn’t always going to cooperate. But that doesn’t mean I should scrap my plans.

Instead, coming up with alternative plans allows me to still do what I want, just differently.

Had I not modified my plans, I would have missed out on experiencing an impressive earthquake at Disney’s California Adventure. BTW for those of you who don’t know me, I am fascinated by earthquakes.

Did your holiday plans require a backup plan?

Published by Cynthia Covert

Diagnosed in 2001 with psoriasis, followed by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, endometriosis, and later a botched hysterectomy turned her world upside down. Cynthia shares her experience, advice, and tips for how to make life with chronic pain easier and less painful.

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