What Makes a Movie Special – and what does that have to do with Living Well with Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain?

There are many things that help make a movie special: the acting, the characters, the scenery, the style, and more. One of the most important is the plot. For a movie to be special, it needs to touch us, and for it to do that, the protagonist almost always needs to go through some really difficult and often painful challenges.

But when he does, his or her life changes. He gets the princess, and he saves the kingdom or even the world! And there is absolutely no question that whatever it is, the outcome makes everything the protagonist went through, no matter how hard it was, completely worth it.

Movies like that are special. They touch us deeply, and can stay with us for a long time.

So what does that have to do with living well with a chronic illness?

My answer to that question is, what if your life with chronic illness or chronic pain were like a movie, and what if you were the screenwriter?

If that were the case, you wouldn’t start writing from the beginning, because a lot of the movie has already been written. Instead, you would write the rest of the movie, starting from today.

And as the screenwriter for the rest of the movie, your goal would be to create an outcome that makes everything that you, as the protagonist, go through completely worth it.

With that goal in mind, your next question is, what outcome would make everything you’ve gone through and everything you will go through worth it – beyond any shadow of a doubt?

It will likely take some time for you to get clear about your answer. Maybe it is to write a book to help others. Maybe your answer is to not let your illness or pain stop you from helping out at your local food bank. Maybe it’s to start an online or an in-person support group.

Whatever that answer is, and I invite you to share it in the comments section below, creating that outcome will, in spite of the fact that you live with chronic illness or chronic pain, make your life special.


Thomas Robinson is The Turnaround Coach for people with chronic illness and chronic pain. To get his free report: Learn 7 New Ways to Turn Your Life Around, click here.

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2 Responses to “What Makes a Movie Special – and what does that have to do with Living Well with Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain?”

  1. Laura Walker says:

    My work helping and supporting those with chronic illness through the Community Pain Center (ourCPC.com) is the rewarding outcome that makes living with my chronic conditions worth every minute of pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, brain fog, etc. I can see the benefit from all of my difficulties when I am able to share my experience with others, so they know they are not alone, and there is hope they can get better. And then the biggest payoff is when they in turn use their experience to help someone else. When I make my purpose greater than my pain, I hardly notice the pain. Thank you, Thomas, for your work helping others with chronic conditions.

  2. Tom Robinson says:

    You’re welcome, Laura. Thank you too. I’m glad you’re creating an outcome for your movie that is making everything you’ve gone through worth it!

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