Do not wish for an easy life. Wish for the strength to endure a difficult one" ~ Bruce Lee
It took me a long time to fully comprehend the truth of that statement.
I spent countless time asking why. I spent countless nights begging for it to stop. I sought the answers from the wrong places, and I put my trust in the wrong things.
We all suffer. Suffering and pain are a part of life, those who have never suffered or felt pain have not yet fully lived and experienced life's multitude of emotions. Some, suffer more than others; some suffer alone. But pain and suffering are inevitable, that much is guaranteed.
In suffering we have a choice. It is a choice all who are terminally ill must face, and a choice all who live long enough will make. It is, what to do in the midst of that suffering. Who will you be? What will you be remembered for?
Too many of us spend time flipping through the pages of our past and not enough time looking at the pages in front of us. The oxymoron is, we look to our past, we regret, but moreso, we wish for the things we didn't do. The words we didn't say. The opportunities we didn't take.
Many of us try to replay those memories over and over again envisioning various outcomes, but nothing ever changes, the story still remains the same: no matter how much you rewrite it in your own mind.
While you're flipping through those pages of your past, your present time dwindles from you, and in a not so distant future, today will be part of your past.
Are you are going to flip to those days and regret? Or do you want to focus on what's is in front of you and what can be?
You are the writer of your own story.
You have the power to make life anything you want it to be.
Maybe today you can't fulfill those dreams instantly.
But we first have to believe in ourselves before we can ever expect to take that next step.
We have to first believe that it is possible, that there is a way. And you have to believe that you are the one.
You must believe that you are the star of your own story and beyond that you are the writer of your own story.
Will you be a war hero? Will you be a victim? Will you be a little of both?
This is your life and no matter how sick you are and no matter how tired you are, no matter how much you think you can't go on anymore, I'm telling you today that you can.
You have a choice to make. And that choice may need to be made everyday, every hour; but the choice is yours and yours alone.
This is your life, how are you going to live it?
How are you going to spend the time that you have left?
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become" ~ Carl Jung
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.