When I was eleven years old, my mother became very ill. She had a stroke which changed everything about how I was living my life at that time. As a child, I am not sure what I even thought had happened. I remember her coming home from the hospital and the physical therapist coming over to help her gain some mobility back in her arms and legs. What I didn’t know was that much of my childhood would be lost as my sister and I became the primary caretakers in the household. We learned how to cook, clean, iron my fathers shirts, do laundry, all the necessary tasks that it took to keep things going. I was also very much a tomboy and loved to play sports. Somehow I managed to be involved in a variety of teams as well as get my chores done so that I could go and play. Sadly, my mother passed away when I was seventeen. At the time, I was entering my senior year of high school. It was a difficult year and I was ready to leave for college and be on my own. As I look back on my life, I have spent the majority of it on my own. I was never comfortable with asking for help. I would always just do what needed to be done and keep going. When you have an unexpected occurrence, your life can be profoundly impacted in a variety of ways. For me, I went a little crazy in my twenties. It was a time of self discovery and adventure. On my own, I did what I wanted, when I wanted, with whomever I wanted. Eventually, it caught up with me and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of thirty-two. Once again, an unexpected occurrence. I began a journey of health and wellness that took me on a path to my best self. I have always been a seeker. I read all the time, asking myself questions, trying to understand my place in the world and how best to share my gifts. I had an unexpected occurrence again this past year when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that could possibly have destroyed me. I am grateful that through it all, my health has remained steady and thanks to having been on a path of health and wholeness, I am well. Unexpected occurrences can throw us down the rabbit hole. What I know for sure is that we can and we must climb out, stand tall and affirm our place in the world. We all have a purpose and it is up to us to discover it and share it. Don’t wait for an unexpected occurrence. Start today. Let me know if you need some assistance. I am ready and willing to help. Blessings.
- Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller
- If not now, when? If not you, who? Genevieve O'Connell (1908-2010)
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