There seems to be a lot of sorrow going on in my inner and outer circle of friends right now. In the last few months, I have seen (either in person or over Facebook) so many people dealing with some sort of major suffering in their lives; from diagnoses of diseases, to car accidents, to heart attacks, etc., which have often resulted in losing someone they love. The last week or so has been the worst, and a lot of devastating things have happened to people that I care about.
Hearing about all these tragic circumstances have really reminded me just how precious life really is. People say this time and time again, but it is really is so important to live your life to the fullest. Life is so unpredictable and things can change at any moment. It is so important to go after your goals, to be the person you want to be, to do the things you want to do. It is so important to live the life you have dreamed about, and if you don’t like something, change it! Love with all of your heart, mend broken friendships, and be a better person, friend, partner, parent, etc.
Thinking about all the different things I am seeing people struggling with right now has really brought me back to my experience with GBS. It’s been 4 years now since that time in my life and I almost can’t believe it even happened; it seems so long ago. But it did happen and I can’t believe how much it did change me. Reading through my past blog posts really shows me just how much I got out of my experience with GBS and I really hope that when others read through them, especially those going through a hard time, they get something out of it as well.
Here are a few passages from past blog posts that I wanted to repost; some things that I have written in the past that really ring true to me, and might for those people experiencing pain as well:
“I think it is very important (for everyone) to take a look at the situations we are put into; at the struggles that we are faced with, and keep moving forward. Yes, of course there are going to be hard days, but what will get you through those days, is trusting that you will make it through them, and trusting that everything happens for a reason.
I constantly get asked how I am coping and how I manage to stay so positive through all of this, and the key to my happiness, is accepting where I am in my life, and making the best of it every day. And that doesn’t just apply to my situation, it applies to any situation. Life isn’t always perfect, but as I have learned from GBS, it is most definitely worth it.
I realize, and I hope others realize that even when things are going so terrible you almost can’t breathe; it won’t always be like this. Things will get better. And not only will you get through it, you will be stronger because of it. You just have to take each day, one obstacle at a time.
Because of my experience with GBS – knowing everything that I made it through in the past- I have been able to maintain a very positive outlook in the challenges I am faced with, which really helps me to live my life to the fullest.
And you don’t have to do what I did – wait until you get some terrible disease to start living like this. Now is the time to be that amazing person you have always wanted to be. Now is the time to be happy. I had my entire life taken away from me for months, and then…I was given it all back. You can’t imagine what that feels like – to think your life is over, and then one day you realize that it isn’t. That is a feeling I wish you could all experience, because it gives you a sense of appreciation like no other. And one day I hope you get the chance, to live like you were dying.”