The Best Is Yet to Come

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Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle. Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone. Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his. Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons. Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light. Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties. Every Warrior of the Light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no.’ Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved. That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.

~ Paulo Coelho

It’s been a strange, full week for me. I have so much on my plate at the moment and July is looking at me with truly crazy eyes! Work has been insanely busy, I’m currently studying psych honours degree part-time and I have two large assignment deadlines looming and I have a ridiculous amount of social engagements this month and not to mention all the work going on in the background for our trip to Aconcagua!

I love the busyness of my life and I love stretching myself in all different directions, just as much as I love time out but sometimes too it all piles on top of me and I need a boost of inspiration to get me through a given day, after all I am human too!

Although 99,3% of my life is totally rocking and amazing, I have my not so good days too. I also have friends who have off days and days when they are feeling sad or frustrated or in a slump. This week I needed that extra boost of inspiration as the pressure of everything I have going on in life started bearing down on me.  I came across these two video’s that have truly inspired me and each day I watch the both (sometimes more than once!) They spur me on and remind me what I am working towards and that when I reach all the goals I am currently striving to reach, the victory of them all will be so very sweet.

If you find you need a dash of inspiration, I hope you take a few minutes out of your day or night to watch these two videos ~ they are truly inspirational and I know that these two videos will definitely become my part of my inspiration for my trip to Aconcagua.

 

 

It’s true that life isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s just darn right hard. People often say to me they wish they had my life. I’m always so happy and I get to do so much. But truth be told, my life hasn’t always been easy, it’s been a hard slog to get to where I am today.

At just 6 years old I got my first introduction to death. I didn’t quite understand it back then but I watched it make people around me really sad. Just a few years later once again death struck close. This time I understood it more and it hurt. I was 10 years old.

In 1994 to the beginning of 1995, I lost nine friends in the space 1 year and 2 months. It was the darkest, most devastating year of my life. I was still so young, yet I had attended more funerals of loved ones that some attend in their entire lifetime. Nine friends wiped out, never to share in their lives again. They were gone forever.  In 1998 I lost the best friend I ever had.  I didn’t think my heart could break anymore, but life had other ideas for me.

As the new millennium came around, a relationship that had lasted for most of 20’s, ended. I was broken, lost and had no clue as to who I was or where I was going. So many people I had loved and cared about had betrayed me and broken my trust. Life indeed, was a cruel and nasty place. Then a few years ago, at the age of 32, I fell really ill and at the same time I suffered the most devastating loss personally ~ Life hit me with a double whammy!

I will never forget sitting on a wooden bench in hospital watching the doctor talk to a nurse about my test results, what he said made the blood in my veins run cold. I closed my eyes as a tear spilled over. I wasn’t ready to die.

I knew without a doubt in my mind I wasn’t ready to give up the fight. I still had so much living to do. In those moments my life changed. For the first time in a really long time I saw the world in colour again and I realised I was the only one who had the choice to steer my life.  Yet again, I made it through that dark and very difficult time and each time I got pushed down, I dusted myself off and got back up again.

But that wasn’t the last of it, five years ago I had an awful accident when the tyre on my car blew and my car, when it hit the edging of the road, was airlifted and then proceeded to flipped in the air and then landed with loudest crash and then went on to roll five more times, the fact that I survived is a miracle in itself. I remember every single second of those terrifying moments.  Seconds before that first moment of impact that sent me airborne, I once again knew I wasn’t ready to die.

In the days that followed as my body healed, the emotions began to surface and I questioned why I was still here. Was there something I was missing? Was this an even bigger wake up call than before? In the end I decided it was a signpost from God, a big fat one He decided, this time one that I was sure not to miss.

I got it!

In the last five years I have done more living than some people do in their lifetime.

I am making up for lost time.

And I will never again waste another moment.

So when people look at me and say “you have such an amazing life and you are always so happy, don’t you ever get down?” I tell them of course I do but it’s like they don’t really believe me. I’ve had my fair share of life’s downs and I have been knocked so hard, I’ve wondered if I would ever get up again. It’s always a choice and you alone are the one who can make that choice.

And ultimately, none of this defines who I am. Instead, it has made me stronger willed, it has made me dream bigger and if anything it has made me believe in my dreams.  What’s past has been a journey, life lessons to grow, to heal and to become more of who I was truly meant to be.

I may not be where, years ago, I thought I would be in my life.

I’m somewhere a million times better.

Here I am.

I am grateful for every single learning curve that has been thrown my way.

For every hardship.

I celebrate.

Because I choose to live.

Every single day.

As fully as I can.

You have to define your values.

Stand tall.

In a world that is often ready to knock you down.

It is true what they say.

It is never over until you win.

You have to be hungry for life.

If it’s going to happen, it’s up to you.

To give anything less than your best

Is to sacrifice the gift.

Invest time.

Invest in YOU.

Refuse to be anything but successful.

And don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

Believe in the good.

Believe in what’s possible.

Hear your soul speaking.

Your deepest inner wisdom.

It is always worth listening to what is has to say.

Never give up hope.

Dream big.

The clock is ticking.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

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