There’s a hole in my bucket

The world is good at pointing out what’s wrong with our lives. If you’re anything like me, you have buckets full of mistakes that can be pulled out at any time to show how imperfect you really are. The only problem is, my bucket leaks.

It is impossible to go through life without making mistakes. You can’t do it and neither can I. One thing you can count on is that you will mess up. You will make wrong choices. You will disappoint people and even disappoint yourself. Failure is normal. I don’t know why we try to cover it up and hide away our flaws and mistakes. Being less than perfect is just a part of being human.

To the world, our MS body is a failure. The nerves in our brain and spine have chosen to fail us causing difficulties we would rather not have. The mistake our body makes in destroying myelin is not our mistake. Don’t, even for a moment, think you have done something to deserve MS or that you have caused it yourself, because you haven’t.

No matter what happens today, don’t listen to that lying voice. You are not your body’s weakness. That is just part of the packaging you have to work with. Mine just so happens to be pieced together with duct tape and super glue at the moment. It seems to be working at holding things together for now, but I know there will come a day when even the duct tape will fail me.

Count each day you get through as a victory. You have had victory after victory already. Today will be another one. You may be bruised and limping crossing the finish line as the sun goes down, but you are going to make it.

Instead of focusing today on the things you can’t do, look at what you can. Take a break from the pressure the world puts on you to be perfect and simply be you…and never give up.