I have a favorite mug in my cupboard. When I make my morning cup of coffee or have hot tea later in the day, you will always find me looking for my red mug first. It’s rather funny too because I have a shelf full of mugs I could use that match with my everyday dinnerware, but I will go in search of my favorite one every time.
I’m not really sure why it’s my favorite other than the fact that it’s different…and red. I like things that are different. I always have. I have never been the kind of person that does things just because everyone else is doing them. Everything I do, I do on purpose and with meaning. I guess that is what makes me, me.
That’s the only reason I wake up and fumble my way through the weakness and pain to start my day. I know there’s a purpose for my life and that I am the only person who can do what I do. It’s the same with you. You are unique and important. Sure, there may be a cupboard full of people similar to you that could do the things you do, but there’s something so amazingly different about the person you are. You are the only one who can be YOU.
Have you forgotten? Let me remind you who you are.
You are precious, worthy, amazing, strong, brave, filled with potential and lots of wisdom, capable, and loved. You may never see your name in lights or be picked first at a game of dodgeball; you may be the last person in line, the slowest, and the least of the least in your mind; but you are a champion.
Each day you fight a battle that others will never see, and even on the days you can’t stand tall you still come up swinging. You are not a loser and you never will be. You are a mighty warrior. Sure you may be limping and weak, but even in your weakness you have a story to tell this broken messed up world what life is really all about.
It’s not about the fancy cars and the twenty room mansions. It’s not about the perfect bodies and the ability to outpace others. No, it’s about the love you have to share, the beauty inside your heart and the courage you face the day with. Let your voice be heard and never forget just how great you are.
You may have a chronic disease and be disabled, but that is not the person that you are. You are not your disease. You are YOU and a wonderful YOU that is.