"If you want your life, you have to go out and get it." Those were the words of a mother I saw this morning on a motivational YouTube. Her adult son lost his mouth, his teeth, and all of his limbs due to a different type of virus. For more than two years he went through daily medical procedures.
The young man has been struggling and challenged beyond imagination. Today, he has prosthetics, a wife, and a son. He gets around on a bicycle designed for him. Like many people, I have been wary about getting out of the house and to resume the things I have always enjoyed doing. Before the sun rose today, I was out the door walking on the trails. At 6:28 a.m. I captured the sunrise. It was as if a giant egg yolk dropped out of the sky to give me exactly what I needed - my life back. If a man without limbs can do it. So can I. So can you.
As the sun rose higher, I began to see more clearly. In the big scheme of life, there has to be more than a lonesome duck. We are social creatures. Man is not born to be isolated. People derive their worldly views socially in very much the same way each one derives their individual roles and identity.
Like an egg in the eye when you first see the sun, every single emotion and self-interpretation of what's going on around you, your emotions, determination, ideas, and thoughts are predefined by family, education, society, and the culture in which you live. By the same token, so is your cognitive thinking and/or approach to the universe that surrounds you. We are not a one-size fits all world. Social control is stressful. Everything we are learning today is new. Be wary of facts that are frequently based on fraudulent claims. Research and conclusions take time. Communication can be manipulated through various means of transmission. Creation is beautiful. Conforming to fear, ridicule, punishment, gossip, and lies hardly allows anyone to breathe normally and grow. No matter what, keep going like a duck that paddles fast beneath the surface, but remains graceful and calm above water. ---Patricia Feager