Find what inspires you! Having trouble putting one foot in front of the other and accomplishing daily tasks of living, being it simple or complex? This has challenged me throughout my life.
Six years ago I was forced to do some soul searching through a particularly difficult time. I discovered I was very much a codependent, there I said it...I was like a leech, my whole life I had been thriving on the energy and motivation of others, I was powerless standing on my own two feet. Habitual relationships and leaning on my family for menial tasks, I didn’t know how to stand in my own power to GET THINGS DONE! I guess sometimes you have to hit the bottom in order to rise above it all. For once, I was alone and everyone around me seemed to have somebody, so I dove into my work. I had always loved my work as a Pediatric Nurse but I became more mindful of the children I was caring for, it was here that I found my inspiration.
We may think we are having a bad day but heres what a bad day really looks like...sitting in a pediatric oncology unit with your child, the love of your life and not being able to fix them. Knowing they may not pull through and having all control taken out of your hands. One particular patient stands out to me, his name was Michael. I took care of him in Connecticut and again in Boston, it was a strange coincidence. To make a long story short Michael did not make it. On his deathbed he was writing a story. Chronic pain, limited movement and declining health but he kept going, motivated to teach others even in his final days.
At that point I stopped feeling bad for myself and found my power. I stopped focusing on my crappy three hour commutes and the fact that I was an adult living in my parents basement. I started focusing on what I could do to change. I began running. Every day I would run and before long I was doing a three mile loop around my hometown. I would put on my headphones, put away my anger and sadness and get lost in the beauty around me.
Today I challenge you to find your inspiration. For me it was learning that with my health, I had everything. Once this reality becomes your norm, it makes being motivated a whole lot easier and actually incredibly rewarding!