Success

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. -Bob Dylan

Recently I tripped over this quote attributed to Bob Dylan. Can this be so? My thought is this, in between morning and night may be many things that, although, one may not want to do them, they are necessary. Who for example desires to do the laundry? Clean toilets? Dust? I imagine there may be those who long to do these things. Not I. Blow your ass in the wind, Bob. I still think of myself as successful.

Success might better be described as comfort in your own skin with what you do with what you have. Me I’m skilled at fixing things. I’ve always wondered how things work. My favorite YouTube videos are typically labelled with the word “how”. So, if I’ve fixed something that day, I was successful. No cure or complete relief is available for Parkinson’s disease. So far that is unsuccessful.

I found another quote attributed to Lady Gaga (Stephanie Joanne Germanotta) ; I realized that part of my identity is saying no to things I don’t wanna do… It is your right to choose what you do and don’t do. It is your right to choose what you believe in and don’t believe in. It is your right to curate your life and your own perspective.   This woman is an outlier in her perspective and perception and far above average at her craft. Her success and life philosophy model each other. And what wonderful voice she has.

I am unsuccessful at staving off the creeping scope of the effect of Parkinson’s disease on our daily lives. It seems often there is some new something to deal with. Thank you Stephanie for your insight and philosophy. You have helped me look inward and find comfort and solice in what I do and how I give care to Cheryl. I choose to not curate our life with this insidious creeping disability. I strive for success at living in spite of the effects of PD.

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