A post I didn't publish:
Every time I revisit J.K. Rowling's commencement speech video, I am moved, but more recently:
"Some failure in life is inevitable, it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all and in which case you've failed by default."
"The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from set backs mean that you are ever after secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I've earned."
"Human empathy saves lives."
Last year, I did not know that choosing to put a pause on my career to focus on getting off pharmaceuticals would mean financial and societal castration; from an external perspective I have failed, and a part of me feels much like a failure. I am smart enough to know that I am in no way a failure from a personal stance where the breadth of my life is concerned, but I can not deny my experience.
Yes, we have all been put through the wringer in our lives at one time or rather; my physical, psychological, and emotional capacities have been pushed to its limits, and I've been tested by life lessons this year (*2015~16).
I find myself pondering about fate, and destiny. I believe we create our own destinies, but there are those 'out of left field' instances too.
Piles of drawing journals and written materials for a future book.
Years of my life in my late teens and early 20's were vacant due to severe illness.
The beauty and gift of life is in our ability to persevere, evaluate, get back up, and rebuild. The learning process never ends!
Thank you truly, for being through thick and thin,