“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” -unknown.
I’m not courageous it’s just that sometimes that’s your only choice. There are two types of people when the situation becomes dire, there are those that will let the wave of bad circumstance overcome them, and those that will choose to overcome the circumstance. Rather then hide from the world it is better to go out and meet it. Everyday you engage with and enjoy life is a battle won. You have to fight many small battles before you can win the whole thing. In facing your fears and choosing to be seen rather then invisible you’ll find healing. Those who have made their namesake last throughout history did so by jumping into the unknown, facing their fears, and choosing to stand up when others sat down. The best stories are when the underdog or the “little guy,” come out on top. However, we often forget that many of those stories are true. We love those stories, because at one point or another we’ve all been that character. When faced with a giant monster of a problem, in our fear we forget that monsters can be killed. Rather then letting the wave of doom and gloom pull you under, why not choose to ride it onto better things instead? You should dictate the situation(or illness) and not let the situation dictate you. Even when outwardly everything seems against you, you can choose to see your way out of it. The human spirit is indomitable. Just as a talented musician plays their instrument, it does not play them. When I’ve met those with a warrior soul, they’re people that saw a bad circumstance as a challenge, and sought to beat it.
“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” –Charles Spurgeon
Growing up can bedifficult, but being an adult is even harder. We are continually tested, with exams in school,our patience,in our ambition,by children, and even in our relationships. Not only do these things test us,but even time tests us! Within life there are multiple tests nearly everyday. However, Wetend to forget that life itself can be one giant test,and one in which thereare no retakes. Not to mention, youwon’t be graded on a curve.My particular test has been an illness(or accident)that with it broughtgradesnot of letters,but of emotions,and in steps of recovery. I no longer had to memorize book knowledge,but instead bring forth mysoul into something tangible that would carry me through the circumstances. A correct answer on atest wasn’t going to achieve the goal of walkingbetter(or at all)for me. Instead of answers I needed to take action and ask even morequestions of myself. Now wasthe time to grit my teeth and employ my resolve to see just how much Ihad learned in the class of life thus far. It came as no surprise that class is not quite over,and the teachercan be a harsh one. She generallyoffers no retakes when you fail,but when you catch Her on a good day you’ll receive quite a few, so try not to screw it up too badly(ha-ha). However,the entiretyofthe class cannot be retaken. Therefore, it’s best to show up everyday,be present,be mindful,and certainly be kind to your classmates. As it turns out when you employ these tactics in astate of positivity, it becomes increasingly easier to ace anything. Also, don’t fear graduation day too much(see here). Since We only get to take this class once, I think it’d be a grand idea torise to a challenge with the reply “this is exactly what I need,” anddon’t let too many opportunities pass you by.Even when said opportunity is daunting, remember a marathon is completed by taking that first step.
Usually Cosmo magazine is really good at informing it’s female masses about sex and how to please their male counterparts.However, with this more recent article (read here) I was pleasantly surprised as I sat in a salon with my head covered in tin foil.I was looking for some reading material to pass the time while I waited for my hair to become a member of
the copper family,this is where I met Penny Fisher.
The reason this article was significant to me is because I could relate.
Penny has a rather remarkable story as well.Additionally what’s more remarkable is Her attitude.
I quickly perused the pages of Cosmo expecting the same old vapid content,that is until I crossed paths with Penny.
This woman had to forego multiple amputations,when some of us complain about our hair!
Needless to say perspective is everything.I found this particular article to be uplifting rather than another “puff piece.”
People need to see more articles like the story of Penny Fisher. Everyday the world at large concerns itself with things that are shallow.In reality as people were not all that superficial.However, mass media would lead one to believe otherwise.The truth is that after such a life altering event occurs it’s difficult to relate to “normal,” worries when they truly are quite petty in the bigger picture.Sometimes, I feel like a being sent back in time to deliver an important message.Except instead of a time machine I came back from the brink of death to yell “Appreciate your life,” using media as a bullhorn.It’s not that either of us(Penny or I ) lost a great life,but rather now we have a chance to make an even better one.While I have endured much suffering,out of the pain a baby has been birthed.This child I hope will grow up wise and knowledgable.When the dust clears on the playing field I’m trying my best to continue standing there having endured a storm.I’m looking forward to taking a nice big gulp of life sustaining oxygen again soon.Finally,besides the air clearing up it’s also clear that it’s important to have a clear mind and value the correct things in life.Had I known what I know now,rather than gripe over minimal worries I would have skipped down the street handing out all my money to the homeless in NYC.If your main concern is the subject of physical looks or money,or even your significant other your doing fantastic.Life is too short to live it in the constraints of the “worlds,”or other people’s expectations. Follow your heart but just don’t forget your head