I am going to be honest. There are so many different reasons that we make excuses. Sometimes people confuse a legitimate justification to be excuse making; only the rationalizer knows for sure. I made excuses for a long time.
The reason that I get upset at reading the excuses has to do with having MS. There was a point in time that I was able to play 2-3 rounds of golf in a day if I wanted. I performed extreme workouts, P90X and Insanity, to name a few. I was athletic and I was pretty good at what I set my mind to when it came to sports.
Now a disease is trying to rob me of all that I enjoyed. My focus on some days is to climb a set of stairs or take the dog for a walk. And let me make this perfectly clear: I am in no way asking for sympathy or pity from anyone that reads my blog, so please resist the urge to load up the comments with pity, that is not the point. But the one thing I do not do is make excuses. I experience pain in ways that most people only read about; it is my life. But I make no excuses.
I eat right because my eyes were opened to the importance of maintaining my body and giving my body the best fighting chance to hold off the inevitable. Maybe the difference is most have not had anything taken from them without their consent as I have had my healthy taken from me.
Yet through it all, I make no excuses.
My frustration comes from the passion I have to help people understand and people’s reluctance to change. I look at so many capable people neglecting themselves and wonder why humans wait to be struck by lightning before they say “I must change.” I truly care about helping people live long, healthy lives. I know there are no guarantees, one could be fit as a fiddle and get T-boned by a bus and die. Such is life.
But to be healthy and capable, but not appreciate it boils my blood. That is why I get so passionate.
I am not sure what I would give to live one day without pain; to experience life without the headaches, lightning flash nerve pain, the MS hugs, the fatigue. And yet most of my readers don’t have this and take their lives for granted. Eating crap food, gaining weight that may one day cause heart failure, showing apathy towards themselves, living on the false assumption that everything will be okay because “bad things don’t happen to me.”
Maybe we have to have something taken from us to open our eyes. Maybe that is just the nature of being human.
Or maybe someone will read something I write and change. And that one life is worth all the hard work. Maybe.
Everything I do I do because I care. I work as a MS advocate because I care. I write this blog because I care. And I know most of those that read Dream Big appreciate what it is that I am trying to accomplish.
Be one of the few that doesn’t wait for catastrophe. Start loving yourself enough to take care of yourself. Start eating healthy, start paying down your debt and get organized. The three areas will change you and your life forever!
From the heart,