A substantial amount of self-reflection has granted me a much clearer understanding about myself and the world around me than I had three and a half years ago. I can’t define it but after a traumatic life event an individual changes on a very personal level. There is something inexplicable about my new view of the world. The superficial, unimportant aspects of life that seemed so prominent before no longer concern me. I have a renewed appreciation for life and what’s important.  I’ve paid greatly in blood and tears for this new vantage point, as have my family, but it’s a much better perspective than I had pre-injury.

Remember to enjoy the small things in life- Trivial advice as it may seem but sometimes we forget to. Listening to a child laugh or the birds sing or just taking time to sit and admire the beauty around us. Being mindful of what and more importantly who we have in our lives because more often than not we are too consumed by that holiday we have to go on or those pair of  shoes we must purchase that we forget what’s really valuable. Having suffered from a stress induced anxiety disorder while in college and subsequent depression; I know only too well that we are all guilty of  failing to acknowledge the blessings in our lives at some point or other. Perhaps these challenges in my early twenties were meant in some way to condition me for the next level of difficulties in my life. I read somewhere before that success or failure in life is based on how well you can cope with the inevitable punches life throws at you. Life is fluent, constantly changing, those who adapt will conquer!

Inner peace

Comments (4)

  1. Tim

    it is very heartening reading these posts. I hope your professional life continues upward – yes – socially and with our unthought-out buildings – it is a struggle for people with physical disabilities.

    I have a so-called “hidden” disability (bi-polar) which I have managed to live with – fairly productively over the years (with a good deal of help from many people). Many years ago in Reading, Berks, UK there was a club – for everyone – I suppose – with weekly activities for able bodied and people with disabilities. I remember it as being good fun.

    One other thing regarding self-reflection – I have found that thankfully having had a good education (nothing too special) I have grown to like time alone, reading and being curious in general about life. Again for me this has been a huge bonus.

    A last separate point – along with the fairy tales (from another post of yours) we were told/sold as children – many of us emerge into adulthood believing that being and living as part of a couple as the unquestioned norm.

    And that is great when it works but it is not for everyone. And still the myth persists-).

    A very good writer on this Anthony Storr (“Solitude” – 1988) and other topics on the mind.

    All the best with everything you do-)

    The others are right – you are inspirational.


    • geri

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for taking the time to read my posts!
      Yes me too, it’s only in the last few years I an finally enjoy my own company spending hours alone reading and writing, which I find very therapeutic!
      Yes, for many life is equally good operating as a single unit as it is for those in a couple setting.
      Thank you for the link, I’ll check him out.
      Keep reading and commenting..all feedback welcome as I am very new to writing!!

      Best wishes,


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