Hey everyone! As I was writing this post yesterday, April 1st, I realized it was a pretty special day. Not only was it Easter and my dad’s first Lightning Game, but also it marked a year ago that my dog, Loco, passed away.
When I thought about how fast time went, I remembered the David I was a year ago…stressed out of my mind and struggling to balance work with school. I used to lie in bed unable to fall asleep because my mind was spinning with everything I had to do. I would wake up at 5am to go to the gym for an hour of me time, but even that was filled with more thinking and stressing. Life sucked. I was miserable. Every day I felt like I was just checking off boxes. It was monotonous. I barely went out on the weekends because that was my time to catch up on homework and do chores. I didn’t feel like I was living.
Fast-forward a year, and I’m still trying to figure out this balancing thing…but I think I’m doing a way better job. I’m still pushing my boundaries, but I have a better social life. My stomach issues aren’t as bad. I can sleep a full night. I’m not falling asleep in class anymore. I’m enjoying time with my family. I don’t really think about all the things I need to be doing when I’m with them. I can actually make memories and live life 🙂
I guess this made me realize how far I’ve come in a year, and I’m proud of it! Some people might think it’s a little selfish that I’m sharing this, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sharing progress. I’m happy about it!
I think people can learn a lot from my lesson. Stress sucks. I live with a condition that I never would have had if I had taken care of myself, and that goes for a lot of things in life.
At the same time, my story shows that you can come out of hard times and take your life back. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, you just need to look for it and chase it down because no one is going to do it for you. It’s kind of like that saying, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
So to close, I just want to ask…What were you like a year ago? Were you happier? Sadder? The same? What can you do today to become the person you want to be? The world is yours for the taking. The only thing you need to do is take the first step. After that, the rest is history 🙂