Sorry, bit of a rant here. I am very tired of the implication that I QUIT my job! I did not voluntarily quit! My doctor at the time, back in April 2000, recommended that I stop working as my symptoms were progressing and I was getting too tired. Sure, I had to convince myself that I was lucky to be able to spend so much time with my small children but I always found it rather insulting when a non-disabled person would say, “oh, your SO lucky!” Oh really? You want my Ataxia? It kinda goes with the territory.
Then at this time of year, I get, “it must be so nice to not have to work. You can easily get all your holiday shopping and decorating done. Oh really? I surely must keep that in mind as I sit here typing this and catching my breath after doing a couple errands!
I don’t work for a reason. I never hear people who retire be a accused of “quitting” their job. It is understood that they are stopping work as their circumstances have changed making it not practical to continue. Hmmm, isn’t that what I did?
Yes, I believe in making the best of it, because this is the hand I’ve been dealt. But please don’t belittle it by telling me how lucky I am compared to you if you are not disabled. Please be aware of what you are doing when you complain incessantly about your job. To be honest, I think I’d take the cantankerous colleague over the Ataxia. You wouldn’t complain to a person with no arms, that your arm was sore. Would you?
Again, sorry for the rant. Just don’t judge me because my Christmas tree is not up yet!