December 6, 2015

What is Chronically Awesome?

What Is Chronically Awesome?

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You are here to find out: “What is Chronically Awesome”. You aren’t the first to ask, but after you decide that you want to be Chronically Awesome you will, hopefully, be writing a blog for this site answering the same question Jules did, “What is Chronically Awesome?” but you will tell us what being Chronically Awesome means to YOU.

After Jules Shapiro had begun using the term Chronically Awesome on her WhatTheJules.com blog, she decided to participate in a blog carnival sponsored by WEGO Health. One of the prompts was “If your blog had a tagline, what would it be?” So, what is Chronically Awesome?

The answer to this prompt, written at a time when The Chronically Awesome Foundation was in its infancy, summarizes what the Chronically Awesome Movement means.

What Is Chronically Awesome

“After a year of Tweeting about Chronically Awesome, and using the #ChronicallyAwesome tag, WEGO Health has asked health activists, ‘If your blog had a tagline, what would it be?’”

The Chronically Awesome Lifestyle

Chronically Awesome is not just a tagline for a blog. Chronically Awesome is me. Chronically Awesome is a combination of my goals, and it is something that I desire for my readers to understand and become. And when my dream finally came true, when I started hearing from people from London to San Fransisco, Maine to Phoenix, that simple smile invoking hashtag thought up in a whirlwind one night on Twitter* is what The Chronically Awesome Foundation became.

Chronically Awesome is a lifestyle for the chronically ill. Chronically Awesome is about taking the word ill out of our thinking and being as awesome as we can be every day.

The focus of my writing, my tweets, and my life are all about finding “the thing” in each situation. (If it weren’t for Chronically Awesome, I’d be stuck with the tagline, “Here’s the thing.”) Every moment in our lives helps to create the next one, so we are always building up to better and better things. It is up to us to find “the thing” in each of those moments. When we try to be our very best, we are guaranteeing that the next moment will be even better, and so on. So, when we find “the thing” that is good in our lives, and build upon that, we are building upon a foundation that is solid.

It’s an additive process.

What I have just described to you is an additive process. There is no sense in waking up in the morning with the idea of how much I am going to take away from my life today. Illness has tried to take enough from me already; I will not give it another thing. The Chronically Awesome are always building, we are always pacing ourselves to do the most, be the best, and most importantly never giving up, or giving in. You never lose by trying.

And trying is all that I ever ask of myself. I must keep at it. I never fail, sometimes I simply have to complete my task later. Sometimes I have to ask for help.

Does this work each and every time? Let’s be real, of course not. We cannot control everything around us, but we can control how we look at things. We frame our worldview.

Chronically Awesome is Pragmatic

Photo By member D.M.

Photo By member D.M.

Being Chronically Awesome does not ignore our illness(es). Being Chronically Awesome means, we choose to find the gifts that life brings us even on this path that we did not choose. I did not choose illness. And, while I did not choose this, here I am. And, since I am living this way, I am finding paths to happiness from this chair, or bed, or couch. I have found a path to happiness through writing and spreading what I have to offer, this message, to others.

 

Now I want to know what your awesomeness is. I want to see how you spread the gifts that you have found, the gifts that came to you totally by accident because life heaved you down this path of illness. Find that gift, and use it to be a little less chronic, because that makes you a lot of awesome.

Share Your Creativity

As a group of bloggers, writers, and artists, it is important that we can share our work, our stories, our struggles with the world. That is awareness. To that end, I have created a HashTag and Facebook page to encourage bloggers and writers to share their work with the Chronically Awesome Community. This tag is in addition to #ChronicallyAwesome. The tagline is #BlogSupport. The blogging group is called The Chronically Awesome Bloggers.

I encourage you, writers and bloggers, poets and songwriter, to post links to your work on our blogging community Facebook Page, and when you post links to Twitter, to use the tag #Blogsupport.

Now, tell me, what is your thing? Share it with us! Let the world know! Send your work for publication on this site to submissions@chronicallyawesome.org

*With overwhelming gratitude to Julianna M. who was the cooler head of two Julianna’s amidst a firestorm who could emerge victorious with the grand alternative to the still unanswered question “How many do you start with?”. She put the two words together, and now we have the Chronically Awesome of The Chronically Awesome Foundation.