And there do seem to be these people in my life who've really got this "mind over matter" thing down. They'll be in serious pain or severely injured and suddenly be up doing -- saying things like, "I just decided I wasn't going to lay on that couch anymore" or "there is too much to do for me to lay around". So I find myself in a desperate attempt to not feel so bad, thinking "well, they've never been in as much pain as me" or other such nonsense. (What- I have some superpowered strep throat pain receptors?) Things that are not necessarily true or helpful.
The truth may be the simple idea that Katrina brought up that we are all awesome in different ways, so maybe these people have this incredible strength to "get 'er done" despite pain or obstacles. And maybe I don't. Maybe when strep runs over me like a Mack truck I go mostly comatose and whine. And maybe I don't have to feel like a lesser person because of it. And maybe I don't need to be mad at them for being stronger than me in this area. Maybe I can be happy for them for having that really awesome ability. Maybe it's just simply all ok ... maybe. May take a while for this one to stick.