Today, I had the pleasure of spending the day with the sweetest young lady. She is 9 years old, and has the most incredibly positive outlook on life. Significantly better than the majority of adults I know. She was born with several medical complications, one of which makes it difficult for her to walk without the assistance of a walker, cane, or stroller. She’s at the age where she knows she’s different from the other kids. However, she does not let that fact slow her down one bit. She started off the morning, while we were casually walking to class, that she was born with so many different medical complications the didn’t think she was going to live.
“I’m so lucky to be alive. Could you imagine if I were dead? That would stink.”
She went on to explain to me how her parents would be sad without her, and she would hate to do that to them. She then commented on how she was so lucky that her parents cared enough about her to get her the medical care she needed and continues to need.
Needless to say, I was dumbfounded. Here’s this tiny girl, with so much of her life ahead of her, yet she will most likely need assistance for the simplest of mobility for the remainder of her life. She didn’t complain for one second! All she did was focus on the positive: how it was like a mini roller-coaster to fly down the ramps at school, how she loved riding in the elevators, etc.
All I can say is that I hope, god forbid, I should ever be in a similar situation, I have the same outlook on life as this young lady did. It also puts into perspective how petty our day-to-day problems we complain about are: not all the dishes fit in the dishwasher so you have to hand wash some, or not being able to get the yardwork done because its raining. They are such small problems, to complain about them is pointless. But This girl has the most positive outlook I’ve witnessed in a long time. I only hope that anyone reading this can pause and asses their complaints as I know I have, and taken a moment to truly appreciate what you do have. Even on the worst day at work, home, or school- you are incredibly lucky to be alive. Take full advantage of it and don’t sweat the small stuff! :)