Today is the first day of my annual 4th of July family reunion vacation. I have more than 30 relatives coming up north beginning today to spend the week at Pip’s Place, the family vacation spot that has been a part of my family since I was a very little girl. My grandparents purchased the property (literally 2/10ths of a mile from my current home so I don’t have to travel and get to sleep in my own bed) back in 1970 as a place for their children and grandchildren to gather during the summer to spend time together. Now, 45 years later, the tradition still lives, even though my grandparents have been gone for many years. Some of my cousins weren’t even born when Pip bought the place, and now they are bringing their own babies to join the fun.
The physical issues this past week was a reminder to me that losing weight and completely changing one’s life DOES NOT MEAN that every day is going to be “sunshine and roses.” Nor can it ‘fix everything” and guarantee that there will never be struggles, pain, or difficulties again. IF only that were true; every overweight, addicted, depressed, or otherwise sad, despondent, or struggling person WOULD have the motivation to change his/her life. Life isn’t like that, however. Losing weight is not going to FIX and/or take away EVERY struggle in life. What it does do, however, is MAKE IT SO MUCH EASIER to deal with those annoyances in life that come our way. Dealing with an RA flare at less than 200 pounds is certainly much easier than at 400+ pounds. Just the stress of the extra weight off the inflamed joints alone is significant.