“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” … Carl Jung
I think that it’s unfortunate that there are so many unpleasant things going on in the world. While it’s awesome that there are a lot of good things occurring too I think that it is sad that so few of them seem to result in the same, sustained level of “News Uproar” that the bad stuff does. In a more … or a less … spectacular fashion … depending on the news agency involved … we hear about horrible rapes, murders galore, wars and their associated atrocities and the rising rate of terminal illnesses. Where’s the good stuff???
From the first moment that I was diagnosed with cancer I decided to be a “thriver”. That is still my story … and I am still sticking to it! So far … so good! I observed a lot of illness, a lot of giver-uppers and a lot of fighters and I noticed what made the exit time from this world a little faster and what seemed to slow it down. Being one of the relatively bright bulbs-in-the-package I quickly figured out which outcome I was voting for.
I decided that I was not going to let my illness define me. I am NOT my cancer … nor am I simply the survivor of a Superbug. I am not what happened to me … I am what I chose to become. I am the proud owner of a Perky personality … the happy recipient of the benefits of a Sunshine way of perceiving events … and a connected, loving daughter of Life. I am me … with all my warts and all of my bright shiny spots … I am me.
It took me a long time to be O.K. with who I am. Life escorted me through one whacking-huge pile of trials and tribulations to get here … but get here I did. Somewhere along the way Miss Perky and I became best friends … and I learned that even on the dullest of days Ms Sunshine’s snazzy eyewear is always welcome. I’m not what happened to me … but I am a product of what I went through. I think that in the next lifetime I will choose a more relaxed trip through life … watch for me … I’ll be the one celebrating on the beach with my best friends … Miss Perky, Ms Sunshine and awesome Life. Give us a wave and come on over!
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone