December 6, 2015

What is Chronically Awesome?

What Is Chronically Awesome?

illness-cope-recover-surviveAfter 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?”

The answer to this prompt, as you will see below, summarizes clearly what the Chronically Awesome Movement means.

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, my goals, and something that I desire for my readers. And when my dream finally came true, it’s what The Chronically Awesome Foundation became about.

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, my life, is about finding “the thing” in each situation. (You’ll often hear me say, or see in my writing “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. 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.

The Chronically Awesome are always building, always pacing ourselves to do the most, the best, never giving up, never giving in. You never lose by trying.

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 can control how we frame the things that happen.

Chronically Awesome is Pragmatic

Photo By member D.M.

Photo By member D.M.

Being Chronically Awesome does not ignore what is going on in us, and around us. Rather, 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 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 writers and bloggers to post links to their work on www.facebook.com/chronicallyawesomebloggers, and when they post links to Twitter, to use the tag #Blogsupport.

So, what is your thing? Share it with us!