Don’t Be Competent, Be Profound

Everyone has the ability to be competent at anything they set their mind to understand. I have a strong belief that we are all capable and intelligent. All we have to do is make an effort. Now not all of us will be great at what we set out to study but at a minimum if we work hard and persist we can all at least be ‘entry level’. You may not want to be a doctor or an artist, we all have a disposition and talent for different things. That is what makes us all so unique and allows for some of us to be prodigies. But underneath it all is the will and the dedication to be the best you can be.

Being unemployed has made me take a look at myself and what I want to do next with my career.  Luckily I have a supporting husband who has time and again told me not to apply for a job I don’t want. I usually listen except for the days when we get bills in the mail.  But I have had time to asses what is important to me and what is not. For instance, going back to a 9-5 sitting in a boring grey or brown maze of cubes is not on my list of priorities. Unfortunately I have a bachelors in Finance and most common jobs in that field require me to sit in an extremely boring environment. I don’t want a boring environment. I could handle a finance job if it were in a creative environment but not in a stale one. And that is hard to find.

I have spent time thinking about going back to my creative roots. Growing up with an artist for a father let me see into the politics and sacrifices there are in the industry when you’re an artist, even a good one like my pops.  And with no training, I’m not a good artist. I love photography and making stationery. I even  started a store on etsy to sell my handmade greeting cards. It’s certainly fun and lets me vent my creativity but it’s not lucrative. And I’m vain enough  to admit that money is important to me. Finance major remember? So I have had time to focus on my next love, writing. Again, I don’t think I’m a good writer but I feel I’m a competent one.

With no training or experience I think I have potential. Even being the positive person I am I don’t often say that about myself. So I have found something I enjoy and something I might have some potential in.  Now it is time to set my mind to it and study the craft to enhance my skills. Hopefully moving myself from competent to good, maybe one day being great.  If  I ever get published I will consider myself a success.

In the eyes of someone who always tries to look on the bright side of things, if your like me and you are looking for something new in your life trust your heart. You have the ability to do what you want. It may take a lot of blood, sweat and tears but if you persist, you’ll make it.

Don’t be competent, be profound.

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World Lupus Day

It’s no secret that I have an auto-immune disease called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. This disease is very hard to diagnose and treatment for every patient is different. It has severely effected my life and what activities I am capable of. For instance, holding down a full- time job is out of the question. Part of the problem is that I also have Fibromyalgia which has a whole other set of side effects, some of which mimic Lupus. Cognitive dysfunction, muscle fatigue, tiredness and problems sleeping are just a few. And these few are just enough to change my health on a daily basis in an unpredictable nature. Sure I know if I am highly active one day I can expect the next to be a couch potato day because of the fatigue hangover but some days I can be bed ridden all day, the next day perfectly fine. With no indication of why.

Awareness of this diseases and others related to it is very important. It has been over fifty years, yes I said 50, since a drug has been successfully introduced to treat Lupus patients and that was an anti-malarial drug which I take today and is the most common treatment.

“Lupus Awareness Month is observed during May to increase public understanding of this unpredictable and potentially life-threatening disease that affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Here’s today’s important facts about lupus:”

Lupus is an unpredictable and complex autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and can damage any organ in the body with life-threatening consequences.

Ninety percent of the people who develop lupus are female. Males also can develop lupus and their disease can be more severe in some organs.

Lupus develops most often between ages 15 and 44. However, between 10 and 20 percent of cases develop during childhood and these cases can evolve more rapidly into serious health complications.

In lupus, something goes wrong with the immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. The result is the production of autoantibodies that causes inflammation.

Some people have genes that allow them to develop lupus. Factors that may trigger lupus in these people include infections, ultraviolet light, extreme stress, certain prescription drugs, and certain hormones.

Many symptoms of lupus mimic those of other illnesses, and symptoms can come and go over time, which makes diagnosis more difficult. Consequently, lupus can take three to five years or more to diagnose.

There is no single laboratory test that can determine whether a person has lupus. Diagnosing lupus involves analyzing the results of several lab tests, a review of the person’s entire medical history, and the history of close family members.

Lupus is treated by a rheumatologist, a physician who specializes in conditions affecting the joints and muscles. Some people with lupus may need additional care from specialists, like a dermatologist for skin problems, a nephrologist for kidney disease, or a cardiologist for heart complications.

More than 90 percent of people with lupus will experience joint and/or muscle pain that can be disabling. Medication and mind-body therapies can be used to help control the pain associated with lupus.

Lupus can be an expensive disease. The average annual cost to provide healthcare for a person with lupus is $12,643, and rises to nearly $21,000 when lost work productivity is included.

Want more information on Lupus or wish to donate to the cause? Follow the links below.

Lupus Foundation of America

World Lupus Day Pledge