As the New Year starts, I’m reminded of the reason why I choose life instead of going down a darker road. Since my accident, I’ve continued to stay positive and believe that things occur for a reason. I don’t take anything for granted because you never know what can happen. There are instances when life can be difficult and we may face times of trouble. That might mean having to deal with things that can be unimaginable; things that may bring us down or even break us.
Despite what I’ve been through and what’s happened, I still remain hopeful and have joy because that’s what gets me through even my darkest moments. I realize that to many people my situation may seem challenging or hard and some even feel sorry for me. However, I’m grateful for where I’m at knowing very well that my situation could be worse. I live every day like it’s my last and cherish what I have.
That brings me back to my favorite quote and what I always say about it: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." This quote has two meanings for me. The first meaning is exactly how it’s stated. The second is a literal and more personal meaning. Life is not measured by the number of breaths I take, which happens to be 18 breathes a minute, but by the moment that took my breath away.
The highlight of 2013 was the birth of my niece, Avery Jean. She is now almost 5 months old and the happiest baby ever. I’m always greeted with smiles and she’s even starting to laugh a little bit! A child is the greatest gift anyone could ask for. I love being able to watch her grow and develop each and every day. My sister Kristen is a great mom also; I’m proud of her for everything she’s done and how devoted she is.
|Avery 4 1/2 months|
My goals for 2014 are to stay true to myself, continue motivational speaking and volunteering, find a job that I’m passionate about, start working on writing my book, paint and update my blog more. I’m currently in the process of redesigning my blog and my room. Not sure what that says but I am mainly trying to make changes in my life. It’s difficult in my situation to be spontaneous with change. It is definitely a process and I get bored easily not being able to do things all the time when I want to do them. Although I believe I make the most of my situation and strive to be a better person every day.
"To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived-this is to have succeeded."-Bessie Anderson Stanley
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."-Albert Einstein