First, my heart goes out to this mom and their child. I can sympathize with you as far as what it is like to have a driver’s license taken away when you are so close to getting one. After I saw this post, I have been doing a lot of m...
First, my heart goes out to this mom and their child. I can sympathize with you as far as what it is like to have a driver’s license taken away when you are so close to getting one.
After I saw this post, I have been doing a lot of meditating and thinking. There is nothing really to say but, “that sucks.” Unfortunately, I don’t like those two words. There has to be some way to find the good in a crumby situation like that.
On one of my favorite sites, Tiny Buddah, I see amazing quotes all the time that hold a lot of wisdom in them. As far as finding the good in dealing with epilepsy that can be very, very hard.
I found some amazing quotes that everyone who is experiencing a difficult situation should think about.
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney
I love the idea of “a kick in the teeth” being the best thing for you. I went through HELL last year going through test after test and eventually the surgery itself. If that’s not a kick in the teeth for you, then I don’t know what is. I feel much stronger now than I ever did before my surgery.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost
Truer words have never been said. I lost my license as have many others in the epilepsy community. But that shouldn’t mean that as the end all be all. Just think how technology has changed in the past 20 years. Now, you have heroes like Elon Musk doing his best to help all of us epileptics to regain our driving freedom!
“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine
I encourage everyone reading this to practice reflecting on your life. Don’t dwell on the past. Instead, learn from all the crap you have had to deal with. Seizures, medicine, surgeries, limitations, etc… Those things don’t necessarily need to be seen as all bad. You are brave for living all those experiences. It is only learning from those experiences that will help you move forward.
Also, don’t forget to smile! I love when I get a smile from a random stranger.
“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson
It is scary to have a seizure. It is scary to lose your license. It is scary to have epilepsy. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Researchers are learning more and more each year about the brain. There will come a day soon when there is a cure for epilepsy.
I’ll leave you with one more quote for you to figure out how you can relate to it. If you wish to share what it means to you, please feel free to add it in the comments section below. Don’t give up my friends. I sure haven’t:-)
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu