Welcome to Creating an Adaptable Life

I had an inner ear hemorrhage on Sept 5, 2009. The consequences were sudden and total hearing loss in my right ear and permanent vertigo.

Over time, I have learned how to manage my vertigo and to compensate for my hearing loss. I now use a rollator (4-wheeled walker) as I transit the world. I organize my interactions so I can hear. I often say, “Let me get on your right side so I can hear you.”

I have learned several facts about disruptive change:

  • We can only go forward. We cannot return to the old normal.
  • We can create a new normal. We might not create fast, but we can create.
  • We are often more adaptable and resilient than we thought.

My guiding principle (first stated on Using the Past to Create a New Future):

You had your old life. You have a new one now. Make your choice to live your new life, not to try to hold onto the old one. It’s a challenge. It’s not always easy. But, if you take that first small step, and ask for a little help, maybe you can take the next one.

If you are also experiencing significant change in your life, you might like some of these posts:

  • I ask a question of the week each week. (Yes, I’m planning on packaging each year’s worth of questions into books. Not yet.)
  • I write a newsletter each month. (Yes, I’ll package these tips and questions into books, too. Not yet.)

If you have not yet examined the ideas of adaptability and resilience, consider these posts:

If you have vertigo, these pages have my best information and suggestions from my wonderful readers:

Thanks for being here.