A Cure for an Ailment
It’s a common thing in today’s society: if we are sick then we go to the doctor and the doctor provides us with a cure. If anything, the medical world revolves around cures nowadays. We have cures and medicines for many ailments, don’t we? In 1897, the first vaccine for the Bubonic plague was developed. 1899, Felix Hoffman developed aspirin. 1992, the first vaccine developed for hepatitis A. Medicine is constantly evolving.
Despite the many advancements with modern medicines and treatments, there is still a lot of controversy surrounding the topic. Many people stand for medicine, many stand against it. There are those who believe that you should accept your own fate or “God’s Will” over your life instead of prolonging it artificially. Others would say the economic costs of prolonging our lives are too much when the elderly can’t work and pay taxes. Others still argue on the side of animal rights.
In the world of mental health, people are similarly divided on the topic of medication. Should you use it? Should you avoid it? Some argue that you should use more natural, holistic approaches, such as yoga or therapy. Others argue that medication is the only effective treatment. Then you have people like me who come down on the approach that you should find whatever works for you, be it therapy, medication, a combination or something else.
As I say: it’s divisive.
The Focus on the Cure
As beneficial as many of these treatments have been, however, there are still many things that cannot be cured. Cancer, for example, is one such illness. Many advancements have been made in that particular field of research but, as of yet, we cannot cure it. Similarly, there is no cure for an array of mental illnesses. Depression, anxiety, bipolar…none of these have any kind of magic bullet that can cure us from them.
Which causes a problem.
You see, people are focused on the cure. Wouldn’t you say? People are focused on that cure. There are a lot of people that I come across on social media who give you the “5 step guide to curing your depression” and other such philosophies and remedies. Even though they don’t cure people, they throw the word in because it grabs attention. People look for that cure, they look for the answer to their problems. After all, it’s all about the solution, is it not?
Regardless, those who are struggling with any condition tend to look towards the cure. What can they get that will alleviate the symptoms that they’re battling? Is it a pill? A treatment? Something else? Whatever form it takes, that cure is at the top of their priorities.
Yet should it be?
In the Pursuit of a Cure
We pursue those cures like they’re the lost treasure of El Dorado or the hidden knowledge of Atlantis. It’s become the most important thing that we can think of: curing that illness that we suffer from. Sometimes we will try anything – conventional and non-conventional methods – to find that magic bullet. But…what if there isn’t one?
That’s right…what if there isn’t one?
Not everything is curable, is it? I mentioned cancer earlier which, as of yet, remains incurable. So what if all this time, all this effort that we’re putting in, is actually for nothing? What if…what if we cannot be cured?
Now I’m not for one minute saying don’t look for the cure. We should all be looking for that cure. No, what I’m saying is that we shouldn’t make that our primary focus. We should be learning how to live with our conditions, learning to manage them without becoming desperate for that cure. After all, it might not happen. Our journeys have so much to teach us. So many things we wouldn’t learn otherwise. Does that not make the journey more important than the cure?
Find the Cure
Find the cure. Don’t give up hope. If you can find it, great. If not? Then perhaps use your condition for a different purpose. Perhaps to help someone else. Or to do something you wouldn’t normally do. After all, it’s what you make of it. But see what you can do. You might surprise yourself.
Who knows? In some ways, taking your illness and turning it from a curse to a blessing might be the very cure that you seek…
What do you think?
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