So the topic of inspiration came up on Facebook. Yes, Facebook. It was a blogger's discussion about what makes us want to write and the difference between motivation and inspiration. I began thinking about what inspired me to write. Especially on this blog, my inspiration comes from those around me. They come from the desire to make people aware of the health issues that are taking this country by storm. It's to acknowledge the fact that those being affected by diabetes are not alone, that there are millions of people out there with the same problem and that through education you can be helped to improve, change and possibly even fix the problem.
These blogs come from wanting to make a change, wanting to make a difference. These pieces come from my personal experience to show you that you're not alone in your struggles, nor is it impossible to make it better for yourself, for your family members and for those around you. Health should be your priority. It's what makes life better. It's what makes you tick. It makes you happy.
This society has learned to neglect their bodies and their health, taking it for granted and even having the mindset of "I'm going to die anyway, right?" I know, I was there. As a diabetic, I didn't know any better until I decided to turn my life around and make my health my priority. I decided to watch what I was eating and stopped making it all about the now but looking a tad bit into the future. With your health, preventing the future problems makes the now so much more livable.
I used to drink too much. I used to smoke too much. I used to binge too much. I didn't care. I didn't check my blood sugar as often as anyone thought healthy. I decided that living in the now was the only thing that was at all important to me, not realizing that the decisions I was making on a night out could have one of the worst impacts in the future. See, I don't just tell people what they should do, I give advice based on what I know. I've been there, done that.
But the repercussions are so sad, devastating and most of all life-altering. I mean, the end result could mean me losing my legs, my feet, my eye sight. I could be on kidney dialysis, have cholesterol problems and most of all be on my death bed at too early of an age to even consider dying. I couldn't allow myself to think of my future that way. I had even written about my inspiration being for my unborn children and not wanting to leave them orphaned.
This is where my inspiration comes from. You know how people say that life is too short? I'm not trying to make it any shorter. I'm trying to make it as long and as happy as possible and I want others to do the same. Life is life; don't waste it.
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