This morning, I talk to a student about the verb “rehabilitate.” It means to restore to normal, to recover, to reestablish good working order. In terms of physical therapy, this verb represents hope.
Physical therapists know that rehabilitation happens in the context of a whole network of support: individual, family, and community. You aren’t alone in the journey towards restoration. It takes time, and we are all in this together.
I think about this today because of the post-travel anxiety and moodiness I experience! Nothing feels normal around here. I’m rehabilitating–even still–from all those years of depression and anxiety. Good days, bad days, hopeful days, hopeless days.
I’m learning not to fear the bad days anymore. There’s a true self that emerges when you let even the darkness out.
It helps that my neighbors tell me that their friendship isn’t dependent on my good, stable moods.
Living with flair means we see life as a rehabilitation process. As communities, we journey together patiently and offer one another the deepest, most beautiful hope. Good days, bad days. We are all in this together.
Journal: Are you rehabilitating, too?