It is easy to get caught up in our lives. Whether we are overwhelmed by the acute stress of tragedies, worn down by the relentlessness of chronic challenges, or simply distracted by the mundane tasks of day to day living, it happens to us all. We also occasionally have those moments of clarity — where everything makes sense, where our priorities are clear.
I just came across the last two messages I exchanged with my sister, Kate, not TOO long before she was hospitalized for what proved to be the last time. This is a little more personal than I typically like to be, but I wanted to share this as a reminder of why we do what we do. I miss my sister every day. For me, this is a good reminder to live my life in a way to make her smile whenever she looks down on me.
Hydrocephalus is a condition affecting REAL people in REAL ways. People feel alone. Misunderstood. Hopeless. Helpless. It doesn’t need to be that way. It shouldn’t be that way. None of us are ever REALLY alone, even if we REALLY feel alone. Someone somewhere understands what we’re going through. As long as we keep putting one foot in front of the other, there is always hope, and we’re never helpless.
To any out there feeling worn out or run down, know you’re loved. Things will get better, even if we don’t know how or when. They will. Treat those around you with love and respect. Build them up. Never miss a chance to help or uplift. Live your life such that YOU will be proud of the way YOU’VE lived — You never know when an interaction will be the last — or who may be smiling down on you.
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