How is 2022 treating you so far? For some of you, I'm sure great things are happening. For others, horrible, heart-wrenching things have happened. But you're here with me now and I am thankful.
As promised several months ago, This Side of Perfect (TSOP) is taking a different direction in 2022 and (hopefully!) beyond. In the past, I've focused on grace through the imperfections of life. Now, I will place my focus on living a fulfilled life while managing disabilities in yourself and loved ones (both visible and invisible).
I am still managing life imperfectly on this side of the screen. I won't be posting about them as prevalently on the blog going forward. I know the imperfect will eke out, but it won't be my main focus. Instead, the new focus is, "Living a life more full-filled."
No, that isn't a typo.
Living with someone who has a progressive disability has presented new challenges to us as a couple and a family. It has also forced us to make a decision: do we want to live a life that is defeated by the challenges or do we want to live a life that we fiercely defend despite them?
We have decided on the latter. And this is what we will focus on. Yes, I said, "we". For the first time in the history of TSOP, Danny will be joining in on the discussion. It only seems right since he is the one living with the challenges. I am beside him. He will also be helping me manage YouTube and Instagram. (I haven't added TikTok or Snapchat for TSOP. I may or may not in the future. In the interim, you'll have to snag us on one of these three platforms. Yes, we are old school).
In many ways, the old motto of TSOP and the new motto of TSOP work in tandem. It was only by embracing my imperfections that I was able to help Danny recognize what is and what could be. It's not a perfect life, but it's our life.
This is the focus of the new (and improved?) This Side of Perfect. We will share what we've learned over the past 9 years. We will talk couples' stuff, family stuff, travel, navigating benefits, finances, and everything in between.
So, I hope you'll join us on this new adventure. We encourage you to ask questions and give feedback. Is there something we haven't covered that you feel should be covered? Do you handle life differently? If so, awesome. What works for you? We know that everyone is different. Circumstances. Families. Challenges. All different. What works for us might not work for you - but we're gonna put it out there anyway because we believe it will help someone. And your input could help others, too. I encourage you to engage with us. Let this space be your space, too.