Life’s journey is not about how you start, it’s about how you finish. We all have a story, some have had more peaks than valleys others have had just the opposite.
My story has been filled with both and yet I’m still grateful. In Oct of 2009, I became a 23 year old caregiver for my mother Lisa, who had a heart attack and a hemorrhagic stroke two days a part from one another-She was only 46 years old at the time.
My family was devastated by my mothers life-changing illness and although she recovered from it to an extent, we lost her in July of 2010. Losing my best friend, shook my foundation and there were some days when my heart was so broken that I wasn’t sure if I would pull my life together enough to become a productive citizen in society.
About eight months after my mothers passing I realized that I had to stop feeling sorry for myself and live a more meaningful life. I got myself together and decided that if I wanted to be a better person for my mother, my family and myself, I had to do better. I also realized that each day is a gift and no day is promised.
It was then that I decided to pay it forward and become a public servant and help educate and meet the needs of families that weren’t aware of resources around them.
No one can ever be prepared for the loss of a loved one, nor do we have control over the curve balls that life throws at us, but we do control how we respond to tragedy. We must recognize that Life is about Choices. We can either choose to sink or swim. Making the choice to swim means that you have made the choice to keep living. It is important to keep a special place in your heart for those who are no longer here with us, but it is just as important to choose life and keep swimming.
Although the waters won’t also be steady and the waves of life will continue to come-Keep swimming. I keep swimming because I know there is someone out there who needs to be encouraged and uplifted because they are on the verge of sinking. I also keep swimming because there is still so much life to live and Life is beautiful.
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