I think we all could use a little extra motivation or extra encouragement from time to time. I seem to get that extra encouragement quite often. It’s natural to think of ourselves as completely ordinary, which I suppose is probably a good thing. It keeps our ego from getting out of hand. However, I catch myself in most cases not giving myself enough credit for the things I do. For many, this is probably the case as well.
People have always told me that a lot of the things I do are pretty special considering the challenges I have faced throughout my life. I suppose they are right, but I just have a hard time thinking of myself in that way. I am who I am. I do what I do. I don’t think anything about me is very special. Most people, I assume, probably think the same way about themselves. There is a line that I’m trying hard to not cross, but I am slowly starting to accept the way others see me as being my reality. I have always brushed off compliments and just said people were being too nice to me. As I get older, I am starting to realize how many ways I can use my situation and my abilities to make myself more successful, and, more importantly, to help and to inspire others.
My disability makes a lot of things that others take for granted more of challenge for me. It doesn’t prevent me from doing a lot of things, it just makes things a little more difficult. I still have a hard time accepting compliments from people who are impressed by the things I am able to do, but I am starting to become more accepting of the fact that other people don’t see me in the same way that I see myself. I can use that knowledge to help others who are in a situation similar to mine to feel better about themselves and to help them to be proud of what they are able to accomplish. Nothing makes me happier in life than being able to make a difference in someone else’s life.
For the past few years, I have had a message saved with the alarm clock on my phone. Before I moved to Florida, and for the first couple of years I lived here, that message read, “Florida awaits! Get up and go!” Before I moved, it was my reminder that everything I was doing was preparing me for getting ready to start my new life in Florida. After I moved, I kept the same message as a reminder that I was here and that I needed to make the most of every day. At the end of last year, I got a new phone and decided it was time to wake up to a different message every morning. That new message reads, “Wake up and be awesome!!” Everything I have done over the past few years has helped me work toward the life I wanted to live. I now have the chance to live that life. I have the opportunity every day to make a difference and to inspire people. I have the opportunity to be awesome in the minds of other people. Not only that, I have the opportunity to actually be awesome.
I think most people grow up idolizing someone and always wish they could mean as much to someone else as their idol means to them. Well, guess what… you can!! Make a difference. Be the person you would be proud to idolize. Remember that others are watching you and noticing the things you do. Don’t minimize the things you do in your life. You are capable of doing great things. Trust yourself and don’t be afraid to be the center of attention. People wouldn’t be focusing on you if there weren’t a reason to focus on you. Make the most of every day. Every day, wake up and be awesome!!