I am amazed at the amount of people that tell me I inspire them. I know you are probably reading this and thinking, “That’s crazy. How could she say that?” The reason I think like that is because I know I’m not anyone of great importance working in a large corporation with a corner office and my own name plate on the door.
I’m just someone who has been thrown a curve ball call Multiple Sclerosis in life and am completely void of titles, awards, trophies and medals of honor.
But when I really think about it and look back at all those in the past that inspired me, they weren’t dignitaries, generals, presidents or ambassadors. They were mothers, fathers, neighbors, teachers, coaches and friends. They were people who knew what it meant to be broken, experience pain, fail and fall apart, yet in spite of everything they faced in life they kept going with integrity and determined strength. They are my heroes.
Do you realize, just like them, you are a hero to many of the people in your life? Without you even being aware of it, people are watching you. Not to see you fall flat on your face, because we all know with MS that is not only possible but happens more times than we care to admit, and not to see you struggle, hurt, or face the impossible. They are watching you because they are inspired by the strength you carry with you.
You may feel like a failure, but to them you are a champion. The thing I have noticed about heroes is they don’t really know they are worthy of such a title. That’s what makes a hero a hero.
Today, know that people are watching you. Not to see you fail, but to see you do the impossible. To see how even though you endure tremendous pain, cry, and at times may even shake your fist in the air and scream, you keep going. To see you struggle yet still overcome.
You are a hero. You are someone that people look up to even if they never tell you they do. You are showing people how someone can make it through the terrible storms in life and truly survive the impossible.
Never forget that. Even on your worst day you are an inspiration because you prove that when faced with intense adversity, a person can keep going.