SWEET 16: Redefining a Generation
The Things You Can’t Change: Redefining Differences & Challenges
Ever wonder what it would be like to have a health condition that is in cure-able? As hard as it may be at the time, colds and flus come and go (thankfully), but there are many things in life- let alone health conditions that can never go away or change.
There are some things we just simply cannot change- from our genetics, to losing loved ones, to the country we were born in, the family we were born into, and for me it’s a health condition called Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that affects the lungs and the digestive system. This means that my lungs build up infections more easily, and I therefore need to treat it with pysio therapy twice a day to prevent access build up. My pancreas doesn’t produce it’s own enzymes, and therefore I take enzymes will all food I eat.
For me, CF has taught me to accept the parts of myself and circumstances I cant change. If I cant change it, all I can do is change my attitude. Instead of letting CF victimize me, I have let it empower me. It has given me, from a young age, a deep sense of my health, body, and mind, and given me appreciation for all that I have. There have been times when I walk through the hospital when I visit, and think about how lucky I am to be alive, and to be able to do what I wish in my life. I’ve learned that it’s a matter of perspective: choosing to focus on the good in life- seeing the best in it and the people in it, rather than the bad. The fact of the matter is that both positive and negative possibilities are right there, but the one we choose to focus on is the one that will manifest.
We should look at our differences and challenges in the same way, understanding that all of us are faced with struggles and difficulties. Let us experience these differences and challenges with a perspective of empowerement, rather than victimization. An eye for the light in the tunnel, the glass that’s half full, and the good in our situations. Suffering may sometimes be inevitable, but if we give a positive meaning to our suffering, it will make all the difference, and we will no longer feel like we’re“suffering” anymore.
I’m staying strong and grounded in positivity not only exclusively in this cold and flu season or even when faced with challenges or difficulties, but in every aspect of my life, all the time.
I will leave with a quote:
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”- Kelly Clarkson
At SWEET 16, we’re redefining our generation, and changing the world in the process; we’re starting off with redefining challenges and differences.
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