We are about to get more personal than I choose to be on this blog…But somethings just need to be said. I need you to read this with an open heart and mind. What I am about to share with you is more important than anything I have ever shared with you. We need to talk about taking chances. I get that you are scared of the unknown but one day not taking chances will catch up with you and you will wish you had.
To The Person Who Is Afraid Of Taking Chances
There I was sitting in a doctor’s office being told that I had Multiple Sclerosis. Frozen, scared and facing the unknown alone. I went to the doctors alone that day not telling anyone what was going on. It had been a week since they told me what they thought it was. After an MRI and other tests to rule every other possibility out, the news shocked me and I sat there wondering what’s next.
I was midway through culinary school and the effects of MS were already taking its toll. Afraid that all of my hard work would be for nothing. I spent nights wondering what I was going to do next. Scared that all of my dreams were gone, I spent years hiding my diagnosis from everyone that I knew. Hoping that they were wrong.
Three years later, after all of my symptoms worsened, I received my second diagnosis. A confirmation that I had the monster known as Multiple Sclerosis. This time, however, I accepted my fate. I began working at the local school and started to figure out my life with MS.
I Wish I would have taken More
It was a beautiful day for a #walkms 😊That is me with the walker. I now use a walker full time. I appreciate having my family and friends at Walk MS to support me, as well as seeing all the other committed people there with MS and their families. The outpouring of support for those of us diagnosed is wonderful. Thank you to everyone who supported me and came today and those who were thinking of me and all of us with this life changing disease! 😊#WeAreStrongerThanMS .
Then I had a relapse and could barely get out of bed for a month. My right side went numb and weakened and scared me more than anything ever has before. I had a month of being stuck in bed thinking about what ifs. What if I would have said yes to that amazing internship? What if I would I have moved abroad when I wanted to? And what if I would have believed in myself to go after every dream while I had a chance?
All of these missed chances turned into a life of regret. Here I am 24 and using a walker. Still trying to heal and wondering what’s next all over again. Then I had an idea pop into my head. An idea that I had thought about over and over and always thought I wasn’t good enough to achieve but I took a risk. I decided to take a chance and I created this blog.
I could share my culinary creations and help people find their happiness even with all of the obstacles that get in our way. So I laid there helpless and designed a website from scratch and started writing. This website has turned it into more than I could ever imagine. A safe space for my thoughts and hopes. A place to connect with all of you.
It has turned into a risk that has brought me more joy than I could ever imagine. Life has a funny way of showing us that everything will be ok and that is what this website is about. Finding joy in the little things.
If you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering.
Why You Should Take More Chances
I was young, healthy, and unstoppable until one day I wasn’t. I didn’t believe that I would get sick at least not so young. Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls right when we get too comfortable. I was thrown a major one and now wish that I had done more while I had the chance.
We are always waiting for something. Money? Love? Happiness? The more we wait, the further our dreams seem to be just out of our reach. Since coming to terms with my diagnosis I have learned that taking chances can deliver amazing rewards.
Chances you should take
Life is about trusting yourself and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, learning from experience, appreciating the memories, and realizing that every step is worth your while… But you’ve got to be willing to take each step. You’ve got to give yourself a fair chance.
Believing in Yourself
I believe in you and you should too! Believe that you CAN. Believe that you’re capable of pushing harder and farther than you have before. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, smart enough and strong enough to achieve your goals.
Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in your head. Be courageous. Go after your goals. Never let your fear steer your present or decide your future. And remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is far more important than fear.
Stop Waiting and Live for Today
One day your life on earth will be over. Sorry to be so dramatic but it’s true. And we don’t know when it could be tomorrow of 50 years from now. Are you choosing to live right now? This IS your time. Life is now. Do something with it. Don’t wait for it away
Define Your Standards
To pretend that you don’t need love and respect when you do. To lie to yourself and say everything is OK when it isn’t. Or to convince yourself that you like your work when you know darn well you’re capable of much better. Bottom line: Love yourself enough to never lower your standards for the wrong reasons.
Don’t let one bad moment ruin your day. Think of it as a bad minute, not a bad day, and you’ll be OK.
Tell yourself “You know what? I am going to be happy today. No matter what happens. I am going to smile and I am going to do things that make me happy. I am going to choose not to let outside influences affect my mood.”
Put Yourself Out There and Truly LIVE
To laugh often and love genuinely. To respect others and judge less. To appreciate the beauty surrounding you wherever you are, whenever you are. To find the good in people and situations. To give what you can and leave the world a little better than you found it. To have explored ideas and passions and sung at the top of your lungs in delight. To know that at least one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is what LIVING is all about.
Your Turn! What are some risks that you have taken?
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