What inspires you to keep going? Living with scoliosis has not always been easy, and, at times, I think it does limit what I can do both physically and mentally. But I do take comfort in knowing that I am not alone, you are not alone, and together, we can still make a difference in the world– even when we think it will not matter…
A cool, spring breeze surrounded me as I sat outside listening to and watching the busy birds all around me. I planted a wildflower garden earlier this year to help our pollinators, which, unfortunately, have experienced a dramatic decline in population numbers due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Growing native plants and wildflowers is essential for attracting and contributing to the success of our pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and many other insects benefit greatly, as do birds, when these plants are introduced into our gardens. As I enjoyed being bathed in the bright sunshine, I noticed that my garden had started to bloom! Small, but colorful flowers in shades of brilliant violet, pink, and gold stood out amongst a vast carpet of green, akin to toucans perched in a forest canopy. Seeing how these flowers enthusiastically responded to the spring light made me ponder how light affects my own life and what it means to me. Surely, most living things depend upon light for growth and survival, but as I evaluated my life, light takes on a whole different meaning in a unique way.
Light provides me with laughter and fun in life to enjoy moments with those who mean the most to me. My mother often joins me outside as we observe and discuss our vegetable garden. Light also allows me to expand my knowledge by proving learning opportunities, such as growing and maintaining a native plant garden for the first time. From knowledge, I gain leadership skills to pass on to others, as I often have in various volunteer projects I have participated in.
Light sparks my imagination and inspires me to achieve my goals. I have found that I am most productive when working outside or when sitting next to a sunny window. Light also influences my inquisitive nature, as I often enjoy reading a good book or learning something new while relishing the fresh air and basking in the sunshine.
Light fuels my personal growth. I am grateful for new life lessons that provide me with guidance and direction, no matter how difficult they may seem at the time. I have come to realize that every lesson, both good and bad, serves a purpose in my life; it is up to me to learn from them! Through this, I am able to give back what I learn to help improve the lives around me.
Light gives me rays of hope to accomplish everything I set out to achieve and improves my health by lighting my walking path. Through my strength, I am able to lend a helping hand to those in need and reflect upon pleasant memories when I need happiness the most.
Light reminds me how thankful I am to be surrounded by family members and friends who put their faith and trust in me. Without their encouragement, I may have failed to notice that it really does take teamwork to triumph through hardships before reaching the light on the other side.
I have realized that it is light which keeps me grounded. Just as flowers use their roots for stability, growth, and survival, they also keep the light deep within, even through the chaos of the surface world. Roots hold life, and it is here that I am reminded to look deep within myself for courage, determination, and strength when the outside world is less than ideal. I planted my wildflower garden to help our pollinators, when, in fact, it helped me as well. This small garden has served a big purpose: showing me the light within!
How has scoliosis changed your life or someone you know? Where do you find motivation or inspiration? Comment below!
Images from my own inspirational garden!
Stay safe and healthy!
Until next time,