A lackadaisical summer car ride brought about the interesting question.
My Jeep weaved up and down hills, from point to A to B, as I hovered my foot above the gas and twisted the wheel with each turn; iced coffees jostling between our hands and the cupholder.
We were talking about some of my medical conditions and the impending eight level cervical spine fusion that was charging our way.
She asked, “have you ever thought, ‘why me’?”
Without a beat, I replied, “No.”
Yes, I have acknowledged painful moments in my 32 years. I have allowed myself to feel those moments with the raw emotions that tackle one’s system; devastation, fear, loneliness, anger, and frustration. However, I never throw myself pity party, I never play the victim card. What a waste of energy.
I have hope. I am grateful. I have faith. I have love. I have laughter.
I know the strength to remain positive in adversity is not something I was born with. My life experiences created it. It was (and is) modeled by my family, mentors, and friends. My faith constantly reminds me that I must trust the universe. I continue practicing the growth mindset, an idea about the brain presented by Psychologist Carol Dweck. Everyday incredible opportunities present themselves, far more than anything horrible. I chose to focus on the good.
As Monty Python sings,
“Always look on the bright side of life/If life seems jolly rotten,/There’s something you’ve forgotten!/And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing.”
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