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A Dream Job

Today’s blog challenge is inspired by a quote from Haruki Murakami, “I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only thing to do.”


The challenge is to share about a time when we have been physically unable to act on something that meant a great deal to us, forcing us to just sit and dream rather than take action.


Before this year’s blogging challenge got started, I decided to take on a bit of double duty. My plan was to submit posts on my own blog every day, plus take on extra posts here at


A migraine hit late Thursday evening and got behind on the blogging challenge for a few days. Despite my best efforts, it raged and pounded for almost 40 hours. I couldn’t think clearly enough to string words into coherent sentences. My mind went blank — a really bad thing to happen to a writer. There was no choice. I had to rest. I couldn’t even think about what I wanted to write because my brain hurt.


Migraine and Headache Awareness Month means a lot to me. I faced down Chronic Migraine in 2012. Last year I continued to blog despite non-stop Cluster Headaches, a hospitalization, and horrible side effects. I have gotten behind before, yet I worried that I might not be able to catch up this close to the end of the month. It also bothered me that I had made a commitment to produce content for It’s one thing to be late delivering content to your own website. It’s another thing  to be late when someone else is counting on you. All those old feelings of inadequacy from my working days came pouring back.


Fortunately, the staff are very flexible with Patient Advocates. They realize that we are migraine patients first, and advocates when we are able.  When I sent the email to let everyone know I was feeling poorly, this is the response I got back:


Hope you feel better soon….soon enough to enjoy the weekend!


Who has a boss like that?  I am so very grateful for the opportunity to work with!


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  • astrosdiva
    5 years ago

    It heartens me to hear you say “my brain hurt.” I’ve always said, “it hurts to think,” and I wondered if I was the only one who felt that way. Thank you for your wonderfully inspiring article, Tammi.

  • Tammy Rome author
    5 years ago

    You are certainly not alone. I hear that comment a lot and think it’s a very common symptom.

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