Health Challenge Day 18 - Open A Book

Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.

I am currently reading Mitch Albom's, Tuesdays With Morrie. I opened it to where I placed my bookmark last night, circled my pointy finger around in the air, looked away from the book and place my finger down on it. This is what I read:

"What happened to me? I asked myself."

If someone told me when I was in grade school that I would eventually lose the huge eyeglasses that took up half my face, that I'd be more outspoken that I was during that time, and that I'd be helping countless people learn about a crappy disease, I would have just stood there in shock not believing a word you were saying. But when I think back to my younger days, I really can ask "What happened to me??"

I used to not say a peep in the classroom. I was incredibly shy when I was invited to a party, usually sticking to the walls or places where no one would say much to me. I tried to laugh when someone told a joke, but I never had anything witty to contribute. Today? I might start out quiet at a gathering of some sort, but then try to make me shut up! Ok, well, I still like to listen a lot, but I'm not usually shy about speaking up and saying something to add to the conversation, not like I was when I was younger!

I never would've believed how small eyeglasses became when I was a kid wearing big huge green glasses that took up half my face. I also wouldn't believe that someone came up with putting pieces of plastic into your eyes to help you see, so you didn't need to wear glasses at all. But a couple of decades later, I began my journey with contacts, and I also got a smaller pair of glasses (that I don't wear too much, but have them anyway). What a difference the contacts made! I was  more confident in my appearance, and that's saying a lot. I never thought I was much to look at when I was growing up. Even in my early 20s...heck, even in my late 20s....I never quite believed it when people (especially guys) told me I was pretty or beautiful. It took a very long time to finally get myself to agree to what most people were saying. I mean, if so many people were telling me the same thing, it must be true right??? lol

I knew when I was 12 that I wanted to teach children, but if you told me I'd be teaching adults about PH when I was that young, I would've thought what?? I only thought of teaching as being in the classroom with a group of students at that age. But I've learned that teaching is so much more, and can happen anywhere besides just inside 4 walls. So while I always thought I'd be using a chalkboard and handing out homework, I'm teaching in a much different way, and in a way that I think I like even more. I can tell I'm helping people navigate the scary world of PH all the time. And I am so thankful that I can!


sunshine said…
"The past is what makes us who we are today".

I am happy to hear you are in a much better place with yourself and confidence, good for you!

Have a great day :)

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