Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day 2462 - Back to Reality

It doesn't take long to come back to Earth ...

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With so much going on this year with new schools, overseas travel, the book launch, BIG parties and all things shiny, you can see why it would be easy to conveniently push reality to the side.

The reality is, there is a reality.



Reality: Our boy has been getting continuous headaches due to dyslexia challenges which has prompted us to get his Irlen lenses checked.  Yes, it's time for the colour to be changed and it's also time to add a prescription to the mix. It turns out that in addition to processing problems he also has plain old-fashioned eyesight issues which has further complicated things.

Reality: My big grown up step-daughter has had a stressful few years with her cancer and marriage break-up which has prompted a permanent (and essential) return from Queensland to Canberra to get her health and mindset back on track.  Because there is our gorgeous grandchild involved this obviously means there's more at play than just her mumma's relocation.

 Reality:  They say what goes up, must come down.  Apparently what goes in must also come out.  Today the model daughter and I head to Sydney for her next round of surgery.  You'll recall she had a Nuss bar inserted into her chest two years ago to rectify a collapsed sternum (pectus excavatum).  Today we check into hospital to have that bar removed.

So behind every positive blog, each gorgeous insta-post and the many happy Facebook photo albums, there's a whole bunch of other stuff going on that reminds us all that every family has their challenges and life is not always a picture-perfect adventure.

The reality is there is a reality.

How's your reality right now?

What challenges are you facing?


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One thing I've learned as I age, is that through all the challenges there is still plenty to love. Feel free to join my Lovin' Life Linky every Sunday where we focus on what's making us smile. It's still live if you want to join the Lovin' Life fun ...

21 comments :

  1. Oh Leanne, you have a lot going on! I truly hope all goes well with your daughter, son and step-daughter. Family is so important and good health is vital x

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  2. All the best with your family's current challenges!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure we'll pull through. We usually do!

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  3. All the best with your daughter's surgery. I don't know how you have the energy to do so much!!

    I'm just plain wiped out right now. Actually took the day off work today because three million minor things bugged/hurt/irritated/made me slightly sick when I woke up this morning. My body is screaming for rest, clearly. And stressed, but I'm not sure why. I think it's because I've been doing two peoples jobs for a few weeks - granted this is a quiet time of year but still, two peoples jobs even at a quieter time of year is still a lot.

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    1. I'm actually using this time beside her hospital bed to take a few deep breaths and catch up on some things. A forced sit down! Hope you get to breathe easy again soon Vanessa.

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  4. Wow, that's a lot of reality going on there. Behind my instaposts of coffee and cupcakes are anxiety about wasting my time writing, attempting to find/launch myself into a new career and trying to run a household. I hope everything goes well with all of those health issues! Sending happy healthy vibes your way!

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    1. Nah, not wasting your time when you write Melinda. Good luck with it all!

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  5. You've got a lot on your plate at the moment. You are so right though, it just brings to perspective that you really don't know what goes on in someone else's life at all. Reminds me to hold back judgement in every sense. Take care and all the best. x

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  6. Gosh it has been said already but there is a lot going on right there Leanne! Make sure you look after yourself in all of this. Pictures tell one side of a story but rarely do they tell everything. big hugs your way xoxo

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  7. Hello Leanne

    Just dropping by to say that I'm thinking of you and your family as you face these challenges together. I've always admired how positive, strong and focused you are on everything in your busy and full life. I know you will get through all of this.

    Thank you for your honesty and telling it like it really is for you right now. That takes strength.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thanks SSG. I do find it hard to talk about the negative stuff. I guess I just don't like to let my guard down and I don't like giving the shite too much of my focus. But the reality is, there is a reality!

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  8. I'm sorry to hear that you are having challenges at the moment. I hope that things start to settle down for you soon xx

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    1. Thanks Tegan. They are all manageable ... Just a bit draining.

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