On the National Multiple Sclerosis Society web page, I noticed the following promotion for NATIONAL CAREGIVER’S MONTH:
MS and Home Caregivers
"...one of the things that I think is really helpful when you're a caregiver, is to ask yourself, why am I a caregiver? Is it out of love? Is it out of duty or sacrifice, out of necessity, or out of a need for approval? I think at the beginning of a caregiver journey that the more honest you are with your emotions and with your thoughts, the easier it will be for you when you come to a time when you face something that's very difficult for you to do or something that you feel that you really cannot do."
— Karen Henderson, Caregiving specialist/caregiver's advocate
Personally, I still do not know why. I know only that each day begins with choice. I do know that as every day, every week, every month, and every year passes the progression only increases and the challenge only grows.
“Journey” is a good description, “odyssey” might be better. I wouldn’t put much faith in “how honest you are with your emotions” and other new age psychobabble. Though I imagine it could work for some.
“True Grit” is what it takes.
true: 'trü: steadfast, loyal
grit: 'grit: firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding in the face of hardship
Important also is to remember the people who HAVE TRIED whether it be for one day or a decade or more and then choose not to try.
Caregiving is unpredictable. The variables both internal and external that effect that daily decision of choice are constantly changing.