Yes, we all need a little RESPITE from time to time.

Especially before starting to work a daunting task.  THIS IS WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR THIS THURSDAY, rest, respite, a little break before starting a long project.  My respite for the day was a nice lunch (breakfast) at IHOP this morning.  


It’s funny the little things we appreciate when we know how it feels to not be able to participate in them- just how much more they are treasured. How great it is to have good friends, that ACTUALLY CARE.  These good friends are concerned for well being, not just for who can go out to pay for another ‘friends” dinner.  Once confronted on the subject of splitting the check, the ‘friend’ stops making plans to go out.  


The nursing home was a toxic place for me-  the insecurities that I already had about myself from my disability, were only highlighted and at sometimes seemingly SHOUTED.  My disability is a traumatic brain injury that I received from a car accident in high school.  High school, it seems so long ago, but yet, it sometimes feels like yesterday.  My high schoolheretoday friend remembers the day of my car accident so clearly; he had to get to work, but couldn’t move that way down the street because of ANOTHER car accident out of Byron field.  He only found out later that it was me who was in the car accident, when my “boyfriend” (in quotations) called him at work to give him the news.  THIS HAPPENED 20 YEARS AGO It is time that I proceed ahead with my life


It’s a great life! I am fabulously happy now!  And no longer take advantage of ANYTHING.  Before the life altering car accident, it is so easy to get caught up in the day to day drama of all that is happening in the details of life.  Just the simple things are so exciting now, knowing how soon they can be gone.  


The warmth of sitting beside a good friend with a listening ear, some yummy seasonal food sitting on the table in front, (dark chocolate peppermint pancakes) and aimlessly walking through the aisles of the Dollar Tree is just the thing needed before attacking a huge pile of Christmas cards.  Remember to enjoy and embrace the feeling of the season! (It even feels cold enough outside to truley be called December! 


About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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