January 1, 2011 will soon be upon us. Here comes the tradition so many people try to achieve year after year: The New Year’s Resolution. Dream big. Hope for large things. Be careful though to not set yourself up to be let down within the first month.
I do not remember the last resolution I made in January. Too often, I am fiercely aware of the fact that these goals are not going to last in my mind. I prefer to set smaller goals. I prefer to be able to mark my achievements in smaller steps.
This year though….this year I am thinking of something entirely different. How about I skip over the grand idea of a resolution, and I dream about a revolution? This revolution that I plan: Turn the words that fill my life into everyday terms that people can understand. Write about the hardship and hope that comes with living with different neurological conditions. While being honest about the pain, sadness and frustrations I face in everyday life, I am determined to also explain that there is always a silver lining to the dark clouds. I want to give people knowledge they need to see that scary things like being a young stroke patient and experiencing epilepsy can create havoc on one’s life. Having face blindness and not recognizing the wonderful people you see every day can be challenging. Yet, once these struggles have settled, there are blessings you can find that maybe had never before been sought.
I want to let people know that it is okay to dream. It is okay to hurt. And it is even good if you occasionally fall down. Once you stand again, you will find the true strength that was hidden deep inside of you.
Join me as we enter 2011. Tell me your dreams. Comment below of your hopes for a simple resolution or a grand revolution. Come along with me this year as we find that when we overcome obstacles with optimism everyone will be given the opportunity for finding strength to stand again.