Hello, The reason for this website is to keep me occupied and earning when my disabilities make me unable to do anything else.
So each post added is when I’m sitting inside unable to go for a walk or do anything else.
I have had dozens of different jobs over my lifetime, being very quick to change them when I had had enough or found something better.
The longest Job I had was a coal miner working underground I loved this job working with some great people it could be very hard work always dirty and sometimes very wet and frustrating and in hindsight, maybe 20 years in an office would have left me in better health. That life did not appeal to me.
I have had to find work or self-employment that suited my inconsistent health, and still look every day for new things to supplement my income. With various health issues, Severe Arthritis, Kidney Failure, I have had to find ways of making money which I can do and enjoy. (if I don’t enjoy it I will not be doing it for long).My life’s ups and downs have made me live for today and go on holidays and do things when I can because there are lots of times when I cannot.
We all have to make adjustments to suit our circumstances, I have done shift work without any problems but knew people who really could not cope with working at night and sleeping during the day. People may have care responsibilities at home looking after parents or children, siblings and all sorts of issues, we have to work around.
When my arthritis was very bad, I found myself redundant and one of the options I had was travelling to Spain and living in the heat, I gave it a try and found that because of the heat and the lack of damp that my arthritis was lots better and I was able to manage a gardening Job.
I subsequently found out that the area I moved to was in the world health authorities top ten healthiest area for people to live. It has two large salt lakes which suck out the moisture from the air leaving very little damp, Its in southern Spain so combined with the hot weather and the Mediterranean diet it is supposed to be healthy and I found that it was excellent.
It is still a place I go on holiday because I always feel lots better. Now I can not spend time in the sun without covering up because the anti-rejection drugs lose their effect!.
The locals would marvel at the holidaymakers who started walking better without walking sticks within a few days of arrival.
This has been my work life cycle when my health is good I do what I can and adjust when my health gets worse. I’m very lucky that I love to work I get a real buzz doing things and I still get a buzz when I’m doing a lot less but bringing money in.
I think the key is thinking outside the box, nobody knows you and your pain and abilities like you, and having the desire to adapt can bring you great reward,
For anyone who has a health condition this comes as natural because like me you have to think forward I can’t commit to going to a concert without knowing that I will have a seat because of not being able to stand in one place for over 20 minutes as I get terrible back pain. You know you will need snacks if you are diabetic, you just need to visualise what you will need beforehand and plan for it all.
A word of warning! lots of things that I have tried to do I found that when it came to it I just was not up to the work. When this happens try not to be disheartened dust yourself off and try again.
the advantage of this is I don’t think I have ever had a time when I was bored, I’m always looking, and thinking how could I do that.
Your physicality may change for better or worse so I believe you need to learn new skills to enable you not to rely on a physical job. I never thought of myself as a writer certainly not a speller but its another skill I will have to learn.
I really hope this site gives you ideas, inspiration and help, please let me know your thoughts and your ideas and experiences.,