A Crocodile story like none else
I read a story about an old crocodile and a young crocodile. I actually took a lot from that story. It just told me that as human beings we would either continue to head butt an issue until it is solved or we burn out, out of exhaustion.
Moral of the story
The moral of the story is “Doing what matters rather than busy bragging and going nowhere quickly” Why have I said this? I say this because after reading that story, I realised that I have a little of both crocodiles in me, though I lean more towards the young one.Don’t worry, we will get you out.
Please see attached video.
I just keep jumping up and down until one of two things happen, a burn-out or something changes for the better. I guess I have a resilient psyche because I have not had a burnout. Yet.
Reasoning about the storyline
This story made me re-prioitise. We are told to graft and graft again at our businesses, keep going and don’t stop. Most people can’t stop working because they fear failure. I was at home after my transplant and all I could think of, was who will run the business. I forgot the main lesson, who will run the business when you die? Same goes for everyone including my fellow transplant patients. We are all guilty of it.
Post Transplant Fears and Worries
Post transplant, we think we are now invincible and we can do anything. It’s not always the case. Our bodies have to readjust to the new, foreign organ in our body. However, our anxieties about our jobs makes us take risks which we really don;t have to. We want to return to the workplace because we are worried that if we don’t go back soon enough, our jobs will be at risk. This just shows that most people do not know their rights in the workplace.
Workplace Stresses that we do not need
I was at the hospital some time ago and I heard this patient talking about work. They were 2 months post-transplant and they were thinking of going back. In my head, I was mentally shaken because I couldn’t believe they knew the implications of going back to work too early. It means relapsing or even losing the ‘precious’ gift of life, they’ve just received.
As a HR professional and an activist, I wanted to advise them about their rights as a person classed as disabled but I pulled myself back. Reason because I felt it was her choice and she probably will be advised not to go back too early. This is the case for most kidney transplant patients; unfortunately, some of us end up losing our jobs because employers do not understand the disease.
Going back to my story about the Crocodile and my reason for talking about it today. I took the lesson from that story to heart. I decided to allow myself some space to think. Just like the advice that succeeded the story, I took some time off to re-evaluate the amount of time I spent on working on the business. It was a lot. I decided I would take time off from anything to do with the business. I will switch off all screens and just spend time at the weekends, just relaxing and getting my health up to par.
Exercise for transplant patients
As I said in an earlier post, I am not a runner but I can go walking. I started walking yesterday and it was quite exhausting as I have been sedentary for a long time. I will keep at it before I start to go consider going for yoga classes which will help with my stiffness.
Now! My reason
I read this story with interest and I loved it so much I decided to share it with my subscribers in a video. As you might have noticed, i didn’t post everyday as I did the last week. This was because I realised that I needed to post quality and not quantity. This doesn’t mean the posts were not of a good quality but I felt that if I post twice a week, I would have a lot more information to impact on people who don’t have any knowledge of this disease. It will also help patients in Africa understand the illness and ask informed questions so they can get real answers.
What I am trying to say, is I will stop posting every day but will post only twice a week. this doesn’t mean there won’t be other articles but they won’t be as lengthy as the main ones. The topics I will be introducing will be ones based on questions I receive. I trialed it this week and it seems like a good strategy.
Watch this space and let’s work together on this. Thank you tribe