awareness

I’ve always been one of those people who loves to plan. I make lists, arrange hangouts with friends, and plan my future as best as I can. When I walked into Linda’s the morning of October 1 of last year, I was planning to get breakfast and go back to my room to watch a... Continue Reading →

credit

For whatever reason, up until a year ago, I never really was able to give myself credit for anything I did. During my freshman year of high school, I struggled a lot. It was taking me 7 hours to complete homework that should have taken much less. I struggled to balance that with swimming and... Continue Reading →

change

Happiness is fluid. I found mine in the acceptance that life isn't going to be exactly what I want it to be. Things and people are going to change, and we have to go with it. Nothing is guaranteed, and that's okay. Change is the healthiest thing that there is, even if it's not what... Continue Reading →

happiness

I used to think that in order to "be happy", I would need to be in a place in my life where I was consistently happy. At all times. I used to dream of that day. I would look forward to a time in my life when everything was the way I wanted it to... Continue Reading →

forgive

It can feel like the most impossible thing to forgive someone who’s done you wrong, especially if it’s someone that has shown you that they are trustworthy in the past. It has happened to all of us before. It comes as a shock. It makes you doubt your own judgement, and wonder if you were... Continue Reading →

passion

When I look back on the past year, I often think about how uncomfortable many of the experiences were. From the minute I woke up after my first seizure, I suddenly felt as if I was living a completely different life. My days were filled with challenges that I had never had to deal with... Continue Reading →

independence

If there's anything that damages your confidence from the very beginning, it's a parent not showing any interest in your life. Growing up, my dad wasn't around very much. He skipped out on most of the important things that were going on in my life. I've competed in hundreds of swim meets. Summer league, club... Continue Reading →

waves

Have you ever been in the ocean during high tide? When the waves are coming so fast that you can't seem to catch your breath? That's the best way to explain how I've felt for the past year. Last summer, I was going through a difficult breakup. It happened in the end of June, and... Continue Reading →

courage

In my last post, I wrote about anticipating a three day hospital stay to undergo brain scans. I shared that I was experiencing severe anxiety about the testing, mainly because I knew the doctors would be trying to induce seizure activity throughout my stay. During my first day and night at the hospital, I was... Continue Reading →

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