“Isn’t it Ironic, Don’t you Think?”
*Left picture: In the ER waiting room. Right picture: Three hours later in my first hospital room.
Life Changing Journeys
I’ve spoken often throughout my blog about my own personal journey. So much has happened in my first 30 years of life. The past two years however, have seemed to age me mentally beyond my actual years. In some ways I feel that my journey didn’t truly start to present itself until recently. Quite frankly, if I can make it through everything I’ve dealt with thus far, then I feel I can make it through most anything. (Please God, just because I said that, I would prefer you to not test that theory so quickly. I sure could use a breather.)
I was very happy to be alive for yet another Christmas this year. But I found myself thinking of others less fortunate. I want to shine some light on so many people that deserve so much more than they know.
- To the person in the wheelchair that has a long recovery or may never stand on his own two feet who watches people walk past him.
- To the person with cancer and who is fighting in the hospital day after day. So many hardships that you go through both physically and mentally that only you know about.
- To the children with illnesses that don’t allow you to have an innocent and carefree childhood.
- To the woman who can not bear children but has always dreamed of having her own babies.
- To my mother who is fighting breast cancer for the second time in her life while still caring for her daughter who has a chronic illness.
- Anyone who has a life changing tragedy, whether you have loved ones by your side or not, this is your journey and yours alone.
If you happen to be one of the fortunate ones that are living a healthy life but are thinking of someone right now, don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t make anymore excuses. Let them know you’re thinking about them. That you care. That you’re there for them. A phone call. Dropping by for a quick visit. Meeting up for coffee. Sending a $10 Publix gift card. There are so many different ways of saying “I’m here” to someone who feels alone.
It can be very lonely and sad at the best of times. We are forced to dig down so deep to find a strength within ourselves that we did not know even existed. It’s the strength that gets us up every day and says it’s going to be ok. It’s the strength that says your heart won’t always hurt. It’s the strength that says you can’t give up now.
Maybe you’re even reading this and find some sense or peace in it and you haven’t faced tragedy of late. Perhaps though you can still relate to the words that are being said. Let’s all stop thinking about our own selves for just a moment or two and think about others. Have sympathy and love for our fellow man not just at the Holidays but throughout the year. You can brighten someone’s day with a simple act of kindness. During times of such darkness, help be the light to those less fortunate who suffer in silence.
Until next time, remember to; smile often, love more, forgive easier, and laugh as much as you can!