Endurance: The power to withstand pain or hardships; the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.
Holy Crap!! Not one doctor has ever mentioned the word endurance to me. Endurance is exactly what it has taken to withstand the past twelve years of Lupus and Cancer. As I was reading the meaning of the word I thought about all the people in this world who don’t realize what warriors they are, what magical souls they are, and what endurance it has taken to get through life.
You seem to only hear the word endurance when it comes to a race, marathon, or related athletic activity, but you never hear it in the context of life. What it takes to wake up everyday with chronic pain, or mental health issues, or even just the stress of everyday life. We never hear that our life is all about enduring the journey. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to JUST endure the journey I want to enjoy the journey.
I get asked A LOT how I continue to smile and be so positive when the past twelve years have been filed with my fair share of crappy obstacles. I look at it this way, I have two choices. 1. I can feel bad and angry at the situation or 2. I can get up, dress up, and say this is not how my story goes. It takes the same amount of energy to stay positive than it does to remain negative. I choose to stay positive because the energy I put out into the universe is the same energy I want to get back.
Let me give you an example: You wake up late, your car won’t start, when you finally getting it running you drive off in a fit of rage knowing you are now even later and now your gas tank is low. You get to the gas station and the one and only pump is broken, all the while you are swearing and cursing and saying to yourself, “I hate my life, could this day get any worse?” In the meantime you drive to the next gas station where you notice is right next to Starbucks where you can get your heaven in a cup. Your thoughts start to become more uplifted after that first sip of heaven. The rest of the day becomes a bit better with your caffeine in tow. Guess what? The stream of events after waking up late was a chain reaction of your thoughts. Power of the mind and universe. Waking up late was not on purpose but the chain of events that followed was the creation of how you perceived and reacted to the situation.
So the next time someone asks me how I stay so positive my response will be, The universe knows as my endurance grows.
All my love to you my Fabulous Fighters,