If I were to receive the ability to time travel and give my past-self one piece of info, if would be to accept limitations. Living with CF with a norm for me my entire life, however, it is sometimes hard to realize that my body is actually exhausted and needs to slow down. I have never been one to let sickness stop me from anything, but the importance of rest and self-reliance is imperative to sustain a healthy life with this disease. Most people can push themselves to limit without any serious repercussions. CF has taught me to slow down and to remain aware of the silent warnings my body gives me. After all, my body wants to remain alive! This relates to my creative presentation because I believe that fire flow art is a very self-reliant art. Most people don’t understand it, and the spectators can’t really tell if you’re doing something wrong. The art in itself is only possible to through total awareness of your surroundings, the temperature your body is feeling, and the safety of those around you. Managing a chronic disease is much like playing with fire; you are capable of hurting yourself and the ones you love most, however, when you are aware of your senses and open, it can blossom into a beautiful thing—something that is beautiful, entrancing, but concerning from afar.
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