Tuesday, 21 September 2010
I have found out that in the UK, surprisingly, even if you are on benefits you can work full time in a voluntary position. I’m unsure how this is allowed; surely if you have the ability work full time then you would want to get paid for it? I understand the flexibility that comes with volunteering, though, and it seems like a good option for people with arthritis. I have been doing bits and bobs of volunteer work over the months I have been sick to help others and keep busy. I strongly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a path into work as it is a good confidence booster and does wonders for your self esteem. I have felt like a failure because of unemployment in the past. I have felt defeated and insignificant to society but ensuring I do something worthwhile with my time is, slowly but surely, diminishing these feelings.
It’s so easy to sit and wallow in your pain but arthritis doesn’t define me, and it shouldn’t define anyone. Find a hobby, donate some of your free time to a worthwhile charity (even if it’s a case of working from your bed – as I have often done) and most of all do something you enjoy at least once a week. It will be a lonely and sorrowful life if you don’t chose to do something about it. I have just completed my first book, which has taken me three months to write, but I have thoroughly enjoyed investing my time in something I enjoy. It has given me something to focus on and a goal to achieve. Now’s the hard part (trying to get published), but I have a strong sense of pride that I have, at least, achieved something this year. Remember that life is what you make it, so what do you want to do today?