How Did We Get Here?
Maybe you’ve heard this before. They probably told you, “you can lose everything and get 10 times that in return.” Did you believe them? If you’re anything like me, you didn’t. Then it happened.
In March of 2011 my life changed forever.
One of two cavernous malformations bled, in my brainstem, putting pressure on the nerves that control my vision. Neither of my eyes would open on their own. When I raised the eyelids I was presented with two different images. It was unnerving to say the least. It was a death sentence to say the most.
There was a chance that I wouldn’t live. Everything had been lost.
I ended up having surgery in hopes that my vision would return to normal. I have come to the conclusion that THIS is my new normal. In actuality, nobody gave me hope that my situation would be corrected. Taking action is what really gave me hope.
I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.
For six months I was blind. I was unable to drive. Depending on others to get me where I wanted to go. I was unable to see. Depending on music and the TV for my entertainment. I was unable to think logically. Bickering couples or kids drove me insane.
A good day meant that I didn’t drink before noon. I should’ve bought stock in Maker’s Mark.
I swore during that time that, “if I just get through this, I want to help someone else do the same thing.” This appeared to be a random thought, but turned out to be much more.
I’ve learned what it means to be blind.
Since being physically blind, I’ve learned about other types of blindness. Being blind can be physical, like mine, or even mental.
- Emotions start taking over and blocking thoughts
- Different perspectives aren’t taken into consideration
- People start acting without thinking of ramifications
This journey is a learning process where we will sometimes dig deep into the reasons we make certain decisions.
You’re invited to join me on this journey. You’re invited to join this movement.
The movement is to embrace your blindness to achieve a clearer vision for your life. Vision and purpose go hand-in-hand. Don’t we all, deep down, want to understand why we were put on this earth? What is our purpose?
I know that I do. How about you?