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It’s your life, your story

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.

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

13 replies
  1. Aileen Brown says:

    Every day I look for your posts because I know I will get inspiration and a giggle or two – this one is brilliant and I do try and get up with a smile on my face and make someone else smile well at least on the days I don’t end up back in bed and then it’s just me and the cat and she don’t do much smiling lol

  2. Kris Tymchyshyn says:

    My mom who has never understood all the pain from Ms that I have is now suffering from an unknown illness that makes her feel this exact way… And I wish we knew what was wrong so we could atleast find a way to help her manage.. It hurts me more to watch her suffer than my own illness.. 🙁

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    That sounds very much like Breathe off The Dark Side of the Moon album. We all have t face each day as it comes. But that doesn’t stop us planning things just makes it harder. Thank you for the personal message it is gratefully received.
    I have been at our mainly music session today and got some encouragement from some of the people I talked too. More and more I am being accepted in my wheelchair as me not helpless being

  4. jason
    jason says:

    I try to be positive but when your in pain…..can no longer walk long distance ..or run ….play outside with your kids….it’s very hard to be positive
    ..

  5. Jelena
    Jelena says:

    Soooo inspiring ,thank you!
    While I was reading I had mixed emotions…Happiness, proud,sadness,…huh and much more but at the end I just smiled :😊

  6. Kate Aquilino
    Kate Aquilino says:

    This post is definitely a winner! Indeed. Our choices shape our life. We may not choose death, disease, or drinking (for instance). It’s how we respond to the challenges. You are an inspiration, Penelope. People tell me that and I can’t quite grasp it. From now on, I’ll think of you. And me…

  7. Juana Driver says:

    It’s been 10 yrs since I have worked, being under the scrutiny of employers and coworkers. Staying in my comfort zone. This last weekend our family volunteered to help those in need, something we wanted to do for a long time. I was scared I wouldn’t be able to keep up, would my gait and weaknesses be visible. Stepping out of my “private box” to expose my fear of a public I don’t know. Well …. I was exhausted and with feelings of pride mission was accomplished. We are going back again. I won’t be so scared. I did it!

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