We all have dreams, hopes and aspirations. We all have goals we want to achieve, however sometimes things don’t always work out the way we plan.
Just recently, I stumbled upon a beautiful abstract painting which was done by a friend living with a chronic disease. She wrote something equally beautiful and inspiring –
Photo/Painting by Vino Illesinghe
“Floating dreams. I painted this of all the great things I can still do, I was planning various journeys I can still take (literally and metaphorically), realizing how I can still grow as a person despite my illness. Life can still be joyful, just different. Not escaping the reality or denying just accepting and yet exploring different avenues”
Her write-up got me thinking “if only we all had the courage to look at life differently inspite of our challenges, we would still find fulfilment and be happy.”
As an ambassador for myasthenia gravis and a snowflake (as we like to call ourselves), I fully understand the struggles of living with a chronic disease and not knowing what the future holds. I had dreams and aspirations but considering my diagnosis, I had to alter them. I learnt to look at life differently with new expectations. I also learnt to be hopeful and to spend time doing what was most important to me. I re-prioritized my life and I have found fulfilment. Making this adjustment didn’t and still doesn’t make me a failure, rather, it makes me a warrior willing to adapt to new circumstances.
Change, they say, is the constant of life. We must always be ready to bend and adapt to situations as they change. We should be willing to alter our dreams rather than give up completely. Having a new outlook on life helps us to dream up new ideas and this in turn gives us hope and the zeal to keep on pushing and fighting.
Being diagnosed with a chronic disease is not the end of the world. Living with it doesn’t have to be miserable, it can be filled with hope.
Your life is an inspiration. Stay hopeful, take the bold step to have new dreams, and find your purpose!
Facebook: Livingfreetolive // Kemi Olawaiye-Dampson
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