So I drew this:
The question was asked: what are the 5 best decisions of my adult life so far?
- To stay pregnant
- Deciding to write it all
- Bread bowls
- Not giving up
To stay pregnant – I was in the position of having to choose to be a mother when I wasn’t prepared or married. I made the choice to stay pregnant and it started me down this path to a life I NEVER WOULD HAVE CHANGED.
Bungee-jumping – dancing every chance I got, parasailing, learning to surf = these are all other things I did before I had the strokes and don’t regrat NOT doing when I had the chance. Because I did them.
Deciding to write it all – it took my daughter being diagnosed with cancer for me to decide to start writing it all down. OK. In all honesty, that was when I started letting other people read my words. I have never stopped. Not because I think my words are so important, but I feel the need to get the words out. They are a fountain you can never stop.
Bread bowls – the day I had the strokes that changed my life, I went out for soup instead of going home. That choice to be out with people who would call an ambulance and not at home alone probably made all the difference. Yes. Bread bowls saved my life.
Not giving up – I was laying in bed with my 7yo the other day when I got sick of her whining about how hard subtraction was. “I can’t do it!” I lost my temper. Walking hurts. Learning to sit up was hard. Letting someone help me do things I was used to doing for myself is embarrassing. I didn’t want to be in a wheelchair. I didn’t WANT to do everything one-handed. I DON’T EVER WANT TO HEAR HER SAY SHE CAN’T DO ANYTHING. Because one of the best, hardest, constant, most challenging decisions I’ve made is to keep trying.