I basically lived outdoors in the summer when I was growing up. My favorite places to go were the park and the local swimming pool. Each day I would walk miles and miles and think nothing of it, after all I was an adventurer and an explorer. It was at a time when most kids were told to simply be home when the street lights come on.
I would visit my friend sometimes while I was out but that trip wasn’t as enjoyable. To get there, I had to cross through Mr. Rupenthal’s field. Nothing wrong with that other than the fact that he had a horse who didn’t like people much.
I don’t know how, but every time I climbed the fence to start my trip through Mr. Rupenthal’s field, if that horse was wandering about, he would hear me and come charging. I always tried to be really quiet…well, as quiet as an eight-year-old can be when attempting to be sneaky. The horse would chase me across the field nipping at me as I quickly climbed the fence at the other end of the field to freedom.
I was always glad once I made it through to the other side. There was a sense of accomplishment I felt. Oh, the stories I had to tell once I made it home from my adventures through Mr. Rupenthal’s field. I would tell of the fear I felt and the things I saw, but mostly of the fact that I made it through to the other side.
We go through many difficult times in life, more than just fields with mean horses. If you look back, you have countless stories to tell of your experiences, struggles, triumphs and failures. Some of those stories are comical, some sad, some heartbreaking…but all of them tell of you making it through.
It’s the same with multiple sclerosis. You may be going through a difficult time right now, but the good thing is you are going through. Winston Churchill once said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.” Nothing better describes how we should respond to difficult situations. Don’t stop, don’t waste time lamenting, don’t give up, don’t quit…just forge ahead.
Think back over your life at every difficult time you have faced. You have made it through each one. I’m sure there were moments you weren’t quite sure how or even if you would make it, but here you are: a person who has made it through.
Each person’s story is unique and each person’s journey is different, but all are filled with adventures and explorations of going through something, many things. You will get to the other side of this difficult time you are in right now, and when you do, just think of the stories you will have to tell, the wisdom you will have gained and the lessons you will have learned.
The adventures of an MS warrior going through…I like the sound of that.