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Chronic Illness Pep Talk: DO THE THING! [CC]

Hello my chronically awesome friends! I’m Styna Lane. Welcome to Sick, Tired, and Alone – the YouTube channel about dealing with chronic illness alone, which is only half as depressing as it sounds. Today’s video is a pep talk mostly aimed towards Spoonies, but really for anyone who needs it about doing The Thing. Because sometimes doing the thing is hard. You might be completely out of energy, or in horrible pain, or your joints might be really stiff, or all of them, or maybe something else. In all honesty, a lot of the things that need doing aren’t really that important. Your house isn’t going to explode if you leave the laundry for another couple days. And your sink isn’t going to catch on fire if you leave the dirty dishes in there for a little while. But, you know, if you haven’t eaten in three days, because there’s no food in your house, because you haven’t gone grocery shopping in 84 years… That’s a thing that you probably need to do. Because food is kind of important So, this is me telling you “Do The Thing.” Do the thing. Do the thing. Do the thing. I super believe in you, and you can totally do the thing. It’s gonna suck, probably, while you’re
doing it, and it’s gonna suck after you do it, too. And it’ll probably make your
symptoms worse, but we tend to guilt ourselves when there’s a thing that needs doing… and we don’t do it. Physically, it’s probably not going to make you any
better, but you will at least get a little bit of mental relief from it. You will have done a thing, which is a thing that you otherwise wouldn’t have
done if you didn’t do the thing. I believe in you to do the thing, and you should believe in yourself too. We are incredibly strong as human beings, and a lot of times it doesn’t feel like it, but we are. If you just think about how much
shit that we deal with individually with our bodies, we are incredibly strong. And this isn’t one of those, “oh, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” things, because fuck that. You are strong. You are incredibly strong. You’ve made it this far, and I’m amazed by you! And I’m so proud of you. You’ve done the thing before, and you can do it again. Just do the thing. In fact, pause this video and
go do the thing, right now. Just do it. Pause the video right here, and do the thing. I’ll wait. Did you do the thing, or are you just still watching the video? Pause the video, and go do the thing. Congratulations! You did the thing! You did the thing, and you did it well, or as best as you possibly could given the
circumstances. You are so good at Thinging, today! And it probably sucked, right? But at least it’s done now, and you can go back to lying in bed, or crying, or curling up in the fetal position (which is my personal favorite), or doing whatever it is that you were doing before, except now you’ve done a thing that needed doing, and that’s awesome. Unless you didn’t do the thing, and you just kept watching the video, in which case… shame on you. But if you did do the thing, that’s fantastic, and I’m so glad you did the thing. And there’s gonna be a day when you need to do a thing again, and I will be here, ready to tell you to do the thing, and that I believe in you, and I will always believe in you. If this helped you do the thing, maybe click the like button and subscribe. Or not. I’m not going to try to persuade you to do anything that you don’t want to do, except the thing, because you needed to do the thing. Thanks for watching. I hope this helped you do the thing. If it didn’t, I’m sorry. You should still do the thing, though, because it’s important probably. I’ll be uploading videos every Tuesday and Friday, and I will see you around. Or not because it’s up to you. If you don’t like me, that’s fine. You are very much not alone. I will see you folks next week, but until then and always, take care! And I know the idea of getting up, and probably showering, and putting on clothes, and then getting in your car, and driving to the grocery store sucks majorly, because you have to do all those
things, and then you have to be around people, and there’s a chance that you might run into someone you know and that’s never a good thi- What, Foamy? [cat] Now you want to be in the video? I offered you a position in the video last time, and you didn’t want it. You don’t get to be picky. You’re not that big of a star. [cat meow] No, you’re not. Foamy’s drinking out of her water dish, and I don’t know if the sounds gonna show up on camera. It probably will, though. How much water can you drink?! [spoon clanks] Let’s say this is the thing, and let’s say this is you. Do the thing.

12 thoughts on “Chronic Illness Pep Talk: DO THE THING! [CC]

  1. You don't know how many fires my dirty clothes have started! YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE!

    But really, good stuff. I didn't do the thing, because it's 1am and I don't live alone. 😀

  2. I do this a lot with clients that I work with in personal training, especially with weight loss. Except, with addiction/weight gain you're trying desperately to get them to "break the pattern" that keeps bringing them back to square one. Good stuff Styna!

  3. You were right! I did the thing, and it was so worth it 🙂 It really was at least a little bit fantastic. Thanks, I needed that.

  4. You are awesome ❤ spoonies should stick together so from a 24 year old cancer patient you are really inspiring 👍🏼

  5. "Lets say this is the thing, and let's say this is you" (then proceeds to stick you through the thing) "do the thing" lmao

  6. Well yeah, you're right. I should go & do the thing…but there's one question:

    Which thing?

    There is more than one thing I have to do, you see. And not enough charge in my battery to do all of those things. (Admittedly they aren't all equally important, but "Which one first/second?" is not an easy answer for me.)

  7. I am doing it tomorrow as I don't think my neighbors (living in an rental apartment) would appreciate if I started vacuuming 03:34 in the morning. 😉

  8. Ok, @2:38, I paused the video and put a dozen eggs in the Instant Pot for hard boiled eggs to nibble over the next few days. Thanks!

  9. I got up, still chronically exhausted with stiff and painful joints, and put cookies on a cookie sheet and then laid down again and had to watch this to force myself to get up and put them in the oven. (I would’ve made healthy food but cookies are what made me gag the least to think about eating.)

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