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I took so much for granted in my lovely previous life,
My health, my job, my happiness and all the usual strife.
I worked and played hard, was socially convivial
with no time to waste on anything trivial
* * * * * * *
Life was for living, I was always on the go
With my hobbies and projects there was never a “go slow”.
My family and friends were all well aware
of this eternal butterfly, flitting here and there.
* * * * * * *
In the blink of an eye everything changed
The laughter all stopped, life re-arranged.
Whilst hurriedly walking through my own local town
A strong force intruded brutally striking me down.
* * * * * * *
The incident unfolded, everything looked grim
Unconscious with head injury, brain haemorrhaging from within.
Time was of the essence with survival chances slight
However despite all odds, I put up quite a fight.
* * * * * * *
Another time, another place now life has moved along,
And although I am quite different, this model’s improved upon
I’m tolerant and patient with a huge understanding
Where before I was dismissive and somewhat demanding!

* * * * * * *
I’ve learned to take life slowly and pace myself quite well
To try and set up “me time” for relaxing, not to dwell!
But I always find it hard to miss out on events
when “bad days” come a calling, giving cause for my laments!
* * * * * * *
I’ve acquired new skills for dealing with all the “nasty stuff”,
If I’m feeling dizzy and clumsy, people’s comments can be tough,
When I’m dopey and forgetful and/or suffering with fatigue,
I excuse myself politely then take an early leave!
* * * * * * *
“Old me” was good at coping with normal strain and stress,
but “new me” isn’t unfortunately, so I aim to go for less!
I’ve strategies and mechanisms for all times such as these,
Guaranteed to uplift spirits and calm the mind with ease.
* * * * * * *
I’ve overcome what’s lost, and done “all of that grieving”
for the person I once was and the life that I was leading
I’m acquainted with a “new me”, I’m re-built and re-branded
Still a bit outspoken, but learning to be less candid
* * * * * * *
I’ve accepted all those warts, they’re part of who I am,
‘though slowly making progress and doing all I can.
I survived an awful trauma but it’s very clear to see
I won’t let it destroy life, that’s really NOT “New Me”.

You can read Val’s full story for “A New Me” here.

3 Comments, RSS

  • Liz Jauncey

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    May 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    It’s amazing how different we have to look at life as a “new normal ” for some people they are able to adapt easily, others it takes time, but writing about it seems to bring things into perspective so much easier. That’s a wonderful poem and so true from the heart. I hope it can help others to realise the power of words. Good luck and well done x

  • Mark

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    May 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    What a lovely poem. It takes you from a high to a low, and back to a high again. Tragic and positive at the same time. Well done, pet!

  • Debbie Kirby

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    June 12, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Suxh a beautiful and moving poem. I knew the old you and now know the new you. You are a truly amazing lady and an inspiration to us all.

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