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!