A healthy person has a thousand wishes, a sick person only one
...And then you can't imagine what it was like, going through the world **not** sniffing and sneezing like an idiot all the time. And you're pissed that you didn't appreciate your free nose before and swear to start doing it all the time as soon as you're good again – which you don't anyway.
You just can't realize what everyday life means unless you're thrown out of your routine. Evasive shit.
This is the basis of the Stoic philosophy exercise known as "negative visualization"
Take a small amount of time to imagine you've lost your sight, your legs, your arms or that the person you love most has died. Having done this you'll have a new found appreciation for those amazing gifts we take for granted each and every day. I guarantee you'll treat that special someone that much better and squeeze them a little tighter having taken the time to imagine what your life would be without them.
I didn't really know how out of shape I was until I got in good shape. Not I don't know how I ever lived like that.
Then you get an autoimmune disease and can’t remember what it’s like to feel normal anymore.
That's for damn sure. I wake up every day with chronic pain and wish I was dead. I remember when I was healthy and I can't believe how much I took life for granted.
Yes, I came to realize that recently. Though I realize my illness pales in comparison to people who are seriously and/or chronically ill, I have gotten bronchitis twice in the last 5 months. To feel quite bad for weeks on end is a real drag, and really affects my ability to work, and to do everything.
When you come out of it (and I have come out of it only in the last few days), you really have an appreciation for just basic health. For being able to focus on something besides how bad you feel, and symptom management.
I get chronic migraines. Most days all it takes to make me happy is to not have a migraine.
Especially sore throat. You never really appreciate being to swallow with out pain.
I hate watching movies when I'm sick because all I can think about is how healthy and happy everyone on screen is while I'm over here looking and feeling like garbage.
And if you've ever been chronically ill for an extended period of time, sometimes you don't realize how fucking awful you've felt or how much you are missing/avoiding until you start to feel a little bit better. Talk about being grateful for the little things.
One time, I had a sore throat and was congested. It sucked, but to make it worse, I had a dream about being well again, and I woke up halfway through. D:<
As someone who has dealt with chronic pain for the past 7+ years, this couldn't be more true. I took my health SO for granted when I was well, now I'd give anything for literally just an hour with no pain.
Idk if this will get massively downvoted, but there’s a famous Islamic saying that says “health is a crown that is only seen by the sick”.