Making Good from Bad – Things I have learnt

A few months ago I was alone sitting in my parents room watching a game show on TV. It came to a question about the world famous painter Matisse, who only discovered his talent after battling appendicitis. This spoke to me and made me realise that yes I am in a crap situation stuck at home being ill but maybe I can make something good out of this. ** I believe this not only applies to illness but many other things we come across in life like losing your job or going through a break up etc.
A painting by Matisse

Since being ill over the years I grieved over my former life which although I was not 100% to begin with I was still in the realm of normal. I went through the entire five stages of grief before truly accepting and realising that I have changed and my life is going to be different. But as it is the only shot I have I am going to have to make the most of it. You have to work with what you have, and forget about perfection because that will hinder progress.

I believe a positive of being ill was that it enriched my desire to help others once I return to good health.

I always wanted to play an instrument but never had the time. I learnt back in primary school but nothing ever stuck and I didn’t appreciate it. However now I have restarted again and it’s a skill I want to keep up and hold on to.

I also got into crafts, making jewellery, dream catchers etc. you name it you can make it these days. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete it.

I also appreciate the little things so much more then everyone else.

I have learnt the value of family, friendship and love on a much deeper level. Life means more when you have others to share it with and it is important to invest time and energy into them and appreciate them.

The importance of being patient and just dealing with life and problems as they come. Living life a day at a time.

These are little things I know, and sometimes I wish for more. But remember work with what you have got. For a long time I wasn’t well enough to do craft or learn the guitar but I am feel lucky that I can now. When I was really horrible and when I have bad days I watch TV and a lot of it and when that’s too much I just rest in silence in preparation for the next day, the hope that the next day is better so I can manage something.



  1. I agree that perfection will hinder progress and learning to be patient is important. Thank you for sharing this! Sending you a virtual hug!! :)
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  2. Such a lovely post. I hope you are okay. We always seem to take oppurtunities for granted when we're younger, you should definitely pursue any dreams or goals you have and don't let anything or anyone get in the way!

    Hannah | JustMyCouture

  3. This is a great post! Sometimes we all need to think about your life!
    Have a good day!
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  4. I really love this post and the positive message your giving. There is always a positive sided to every difficult/challening situation, and we can see it only after we change the way we think about the situation.
    I'm sorry you have been ill. I'm glad you you keeping a positive attitude. I hope you feel better dear.
    thank you for sharing :)
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

    1. Yes! It all about looking at it from different points of view and changing the way we think. xx

  5. Definitely perfection will hinder progress, I found out about this many times.
    It's fantastic that you think positive and see good sides even in not the best situations. I hope you are well now.


    1. It really does! I'm getting better, hopefully things keep looking up :)

  6. <3 What a beautiful way to make the best of a pathetic situation! <3

  7. Lovely, thank you for sharing.

    Patricia Stelmach

  8. That was something very beautiful to read, very inspiring!!!

  9. Oh what a nice way to try look on the bright side of a bad situation. I'm sorry you've been so ill and I hope that you feel better quickly, it doesn't sound like fun. It's good you can restart some hobbies though and try to enjoy your days as much as possible despite being unwell.

    Hope you are having a great weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Thanks for your support, yes it is :) I hope you do too!

  10. The value of family and friendship is so important!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. It really is! Thanks for checking my post out :)

  11. It's so important to appreciate those around you. I'm glad you are using the time to learn guitar and make jewellery and I wish you a speedy recovery. All the best :)

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  12. I follow your blog,


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