Parkinson’s -Art in Evolution: By Maria De Leon

I love the poem “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;

…Lose something every day. Accept the fluster

Of lost door keys…..’

Since we all got diagnosed with PD it seems that we have all become experts in losing something. I have felt my mind slip away at times, lost friends and loved ones, a career, and almost lost my way. I have felt ridiculous, unimportant, overwrought, underrated, over anxious, and under attack.

So, yes! Bishop was right; ‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’

But, instead of losing myself to this illness called Parkinson’s disease, I am practicing faster and harder not to be flustered by it. My am learning that my life despite the losses will be filled with joy, harmony, and beauty. When I let go of my fears I will no longer be ridiculous but beautiful, steady, and victorious. Then I would have achieved a true work of art.

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