Your perspective on your situation can be a beautiful thing. As a matter of fact, how you see yourself, life in general, and the world, will reflect in EVERY ACTION YOU TAKE. If you believe an obstacle like a chronic illness to be a death sentence, you will probably slow down or give up on life. However, if you believe it to be a detour on the road of life, you will likely thrive.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to slow down. You can thrive. Whatever traumas you may have faced in life, or will face in the future are not insurmountable. As long as you perceive yourself conquering your obstacles, make no mistake about it, they WILL be conquered!
My Personal Story
When I was younger (about 9 years old), I loved dancing. Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, you name it. I was freaking good at it, too. But I quit. Why? Because of what other people thought of me. Everyone at school was calling me names and making fun of me for enjoying dance. Unfortunately, I took it to heart. I let other people determine how I felt about myself, and life in general. That’s pretty much a fatal move. Don’t do that. Never let other people dissuade you from doing what you love for any reason. Remember: There are always tons of good reasons/excuses not to do something. But if you can find one GREAT reason to do that something, it’s always worth it.
When I got sick, I foresaw no end to my cycle of hospitalizations. I thought I would be in and out of the hospital, in such severe pain for the rest of my life. I said: “God, if you ever let me break this cycle, I won’t let you down. If you ever give me a chance to dance or do physical exercise again, I’ll do it! I promise!”
Of course, I didn’t expect to ever set foot in a dance studio again.
Well, as you can see in my previous post, I have achieved a full side split after many months of daily stretching. It was a long journey, but really nothing compared to what I had been through.
In the past week, the most amazing thing happened to me. I set foot in my old dance studio for a ballet class! It was such an incredible experience to dance again, see my old teacher, and prove to myself that there really aren’t many true limitations in my life. Just perceived obstacles. Oh, and I’m still really good at ballet. I guess it’s an inborn talent that doesn’t go away.
It’s funny how physical exercise, which used to harm me so much, is now my greatest fuel towards achievement.
Life tends to get better as you go along. There will always be unexpected obstacles, but I sincerely hope you build up the strength to deal with them.
The payoff is worth it, I PROMISE.