You have a future, not just a past

Autumn is my favorite time of year. There’s something magical about it. It’s a time when the trees change colors, the air gets cooler, and the smells of apple cider and pumpkin spice fill the air. Give me some hot chocolate, an oversized sweater and a fire in the fireplace and you won’t see me for days, especially if you add some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. S’mores…oh, yeah!

This time of year is a time I choose to reflect back on all that I’ve been through over the year. I pause and take the time to look at how far I’ve come and at all I’ve overcome. This year has had its fill of obstacles, hurdles and road blocks. I have cried, laughed, gotten angry, frustrated, scared, and comforted. Multiple Sclerosis has tagged along with me every step of the way, and although MS makes me feel terribly weak and useless, in looking back I see just how strong I actually am.

What would have brought me to tears at the beginning of the year is now something I am able to push through without even flinching. I can see the strength now, but when I was in the middle of the struggle I didn’t believe I had any strength, courage, or toughness at all. It’s amazing how that happens.

Take time this week to pause and look back at the year that has already gone by, at all you’ve been through, dealt with and overcome. You are amazingly strong. The warrior in you is still in the fight. Be proud of that!

And in the looking back, don’t forget that you also have incredible days still ahead to still create. This year isn’t over yet. You have a future, not just a past.

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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.

17 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Well I can understand that feeling but we are heading into summer, being near the end of spring. I wont write much as the dishes need finishing. I’m taking a break to get back into it but have a safe fall and I’ll catch you up next time.

  2. Meeya
    Meeya says:

    Indeed – you are a star!
    Tx so much again for being someone who really makes a difference, and my world a better place 😚

  3. Leslie Beaver says:

    I have never felt without a future. That future has been changed by my MS. Of course. As I can no longer drive. Or work. Or even read a book. This latter point is a great personal loss to me. But the present still has positives and value. As will my future. Of that I have no doubt.

  4. Angeline Rodriguez
    Angeline Rodriguez says:

    It is favorite time of the year too, thanks for your inspirational thoughts, thanks you make me feel that I’m not alone in this so hard journey. Blessings for you

  5. Rachel Smith says:

    I’m not quite there where you seem to be as yet, but believe me thank you as that has given me hope. I try daily to push on, but still feels mountainous. Ppl are supportive but it’s my own body and head I’m battling – but well done and thank you for giving me hope xxx

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