Have you ever been watching TV as someone mounts a horse to ride through the open fields into the sunset and your first thought is, I wish I could do that? Or maybe it was a gymnast in the Olympics, or someone singing a special rendition of “Lean on Me” at the corner of Main Street and 3rd, or a person painting a masterpiece on the wall at the mall.
I think it would be amazing if we could just make things happen in an instant. If we wanted to sing, poof…we open our mouth and the sweetest, most amazing sound comes out without any training. If we wanted to dance, poof…we wow the crowds with no hard work involved at all. That would simply be amazing.
I use to wish I could find a Genie in a bottle so impossible things could be made real with just three wishes, but that old saying “practice makes perfect” really is true. Those skills we want will never happen until we get out there and do our best to make them happen.
Look at the things you are good at right now. At one time, you weren’t so good at them, but you spent time developing your skills and now it’s almost as if you can do them without even thinking.
Multiple Sclerosis can cause you to think that dreams don’t come true any more. What you use to be good at is no longer easy or even doable, so you give up on trying. But you can’t give MS the satisfaction of beating you and causing you to give up on your dreams. You just have to get a bit creative and find a different way.
There are things you could do right now, today, that would put you one step closer to seeing your dreams actually happen. You won’t be an instant success, you may not even be a success at all in the world’s eyes, but if you succeed for yourself, that’s all that matters.
Do it for you. Set up some goals. Don’t make them hard either. Start off slow, but carry a resilient determination along with you.
For me, my dream is to complete a 5k race. That may sound easy to some and to others an impossibility. I thought it was more of an impossibility for me until I made up my mind I was going to accept the challenge and work hard to make it happen. Now keep in mind, I don’t even walk. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. How in the world is she going to do that? Well, I have a manual wheelchair, weak but usable arms, and a determination to do it.
Yesterday was my first day working towards my goal. I attempted a 5k. At the beginning I thought “this is going to be easy” but by time I got to the 3k mark I was ready to strangle myself for saying that. Then at about the 4k mark I quit moving. By that time my arms were completely numb, vertigo was bad, my vision was nearly gone, and every muscle in my body was screaming at me saying “what are you doing!”
As I sat there, all I could think about was the fact that I still had to get to my van. I did actually make it back to my van and by that time I was thankful I tried. According to many, my first day was a failure, but to me it was a great success. It was my first attempt to victory. Each time I get out there to work at it I will get better, but it will take work. There won’t be a poof or a Genie to help me out.
I will use all the tools I have available to help me through. I have my cooling vest gel packs in the freezer, my gloves to keep my hands from getting blisters and my determination to push through to the end. I will complete a 5k race this year even if I need someone helping to push my chair across the finish line. It’s no longer just a thought in my head. It’s a dream that I’m working to make a reality.
I want you to work on setting up a plan to make your dreams a reality too. Start moving closer to actually doing them. Don’t let MS get in the way. You can do this.