Everyone has had something bad happen to them. Probably just my mentioning that fact has sent a flood of thoughts through your mind of a specific life-changing moment. A time when you felt beat up and left in a ditch to fend for yourself. Some of you have had more than one of those experiences. They left you feeling completely overwhelmed and hopeless. Others of you may feel as if those moments keep coming like ocean waves beating against the shore, and you see no relief or pauses to breathe coming any time soon.
Have you ever asked yourself, why have I made it through these terrible times? Why am I still here? Why am I facing this storm at this very moment?
One simple answer…because your story isn’t finished being written.
You have so much to give and even more to share.
You have people to meet and lives to change.
You have tears to shed and tears to wipe away.
You have friendships to strengthen and some to let go.
You have love to pour out and love to hold.
You have a future…a future that only you can live…regardless of MS.
There are blank pages in your life’s book that need to be filled. How are you going to fill them? Will they be filled with arguments and name calling? Will each turn of the page be hurtful words. Or will they be flooded with love and laughter? What do others see when they flip through the already written pages of your book?
Everything you do, everyday, is creating a lasting memory…a legacy. We need to work hard to create good memories. Things that will bring smiles to others faces rather than tears. Granted we can’t do that every second of every day, but we can try to make that our goal. Set aside the negative talk and tearing down of others. You don’t want to be thought of as a person who never has anything good to say.
For me, I want people to look at my life and see a strong person who has set an example of how to live through the storms in life. I want people to see that they can live in pain every day of their life and still smile. I want people to see that no matter what they’re facing or how hard life can get, they can choose laughter more often than tears and love more than anger.
You can be that someone too. There are chapters in you life’s book that need to be written and pages to fill. You may feel like your world is falling apart, but others are watching how you push through the struggle and are inspired. They see your example of how you face hard times and realize “if you can do it, so can I.” You make a difference. Don’t give up just because things are starting to get hard. Go scream it out, cry it out, punch a few pillows, hug a few walls…then take a deep breath, hold your head up and make today count.