Tuesday, 18 February 2014

1 year and Life Lessons

We made it friends! I am officially 1 year post-op. And for the first time in a long time my body has been given the all clear. 

When I started this little blog a few years back I never really imagined that anyone would read it. And I certainly never imagined that I would then proceed to document 2 of the most painful years of my life. But here we are friends - 3 surgeries, 2 marathons, a devastating  loss, and a whole lots of tears later - here we are. I am a little bruised. My spirit has taken a bit of a beating. I certainly have more scars and bionic parts than we started. But I am still standing.

My soon-to-be sister-in-law gave me Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath for my birthday this year. And after the year I had had, and for the place I was in, I must say it was a very apt choice. Because as much as I would never wish the last few years of my life on anyone, there is also very little that I would change. I have learned some of life's greatest lessons from this pain and these struggles. Life has undoubtedly been hard,  but there is part of me that is also incredibly grateful. Sometimes beautiful and important life lessons arise from what looks like suffering and adversity.

Life is incredibly precious

It should be cherished and lived to its fullest. The past few years have taught me that you never know where you are going, where you will end up, and what will suddenly stop you in your tracks. But the life you are given is a gift - so Struggle, Fight, Believe, and Persevere. That fight will take you somewhere beautiful if you let it.

Live you priorities
Life is too short and too precious to be anything, but happy. It easy to get wrapped up in the little things - to use up too much energy on the little every day stresses. It is those truly life changing moments that make you see what is really important. And generally those little things aren't, so chose to let them go. And focus on putting your whole heart into creating the life that you want. Do what makes you happy and focus on the things you truly value.

Love is always the answer
Nothing good has ever been accomplished with negativity or hate. So love others, love yourself, believe in the kindness of strangers, and see the love that surrounds you - wonderful things will happen.

You do not always get to choose the life you get, but you can chose how you handle the life you are dealt
There is not much that has happened over the past few year that I would have chosen. In fact, if I could there are certainly things I would change. But you only get one life, so you need to live the one you want. Life will not always be perfect. There will be hardship and sadness. But you need to believe that you are bigger than those obstacles, get back up, and keep trying. (*and sometimes trying means crying, eating your feelings, but being willing to try again the next day*)

Anything is Possible
If I have learned nothing else, this definitely rings true. You are stronger, braver, and better than you know. Never doubt that. So no matter where you are today, know that you are worth the fight, it will get better, and you are going to go somewhere beautiful. Just believe in yourself, persevere, and keep dreaming. You will get there. Anything is possible.

Love Your (grateful) Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

29 comments:

  1. You are definitely an incredible example that anything is possible! So glad things are continuing to look up for you... congrats on one year!

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  2. You are such a beautiful, amazing and strong woman. SO happy that you are doing so well!

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  3. You are quite amazing! I am so proud of you and have loved following your journey can't wait to see you complete 70.3

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  4. Congratulations on your milestone and thank you for sharing your journey and your lessons with all of us. You are an inspiration and an amazing woman.

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  5. I've got to echo Laura's comment. You truly are such an inspiring, strong woman. I know I say that often, but you truly are so amazing. I am thankful to know you.

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  6. Always amaze me Krysten!! You really know how to live life fully & you are such an inspiration!

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  7. Beautiful post! You've been through a lot, but have excellent perspective on what happened to you and what messages to take to heart from your journey. I *love* "love is always the answer." I wholeheartedly agree--love your family and friends, love yourself, love and be kind to strangers. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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  8. Krysten, you are amazing! So positive and always moving forward regardless of what life throws at you. Wishing you nothing but love, happiness, and good things for 2014 as you make it your bitch. :)

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  9. Beautiful post Krysten! Anything IS possible. I'm a firm believer in that. No matter what struggles you go through (and we all do, even though they may be different) you can overcome!

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  10. You are amazing and beautiful and have such strength. Thank YOU for sharing your journey with us.

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  11. You are such an inspiration! Congratulations on your milestone and thank you for sharing on your blog

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  12. You are so inspiring, and so gorgeous, and so strong!! And you are going to do many more incredible things. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, because I think it makes us all better to have a part of you in our lives!

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  13. What a beautiful post, you truly are inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your journey.

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  14. Love. Always things I suggest to other people, but rarely do I take my own advice to the fullest. I'm good about knowing what is important in life, but can't help letting the little, unimportant things get to me. Thanks for the reminder.

    Need to pick up that MG book. Love his stuff.

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  15. You are an amazing person and so inspiring to so many. What a positive attitude you have and you can teach us about living life to it's fullest. Congrats on the year anniversary and being in this place you are at this stage of your life!

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  16. You are a doll and yes, LOVE is always the answer. Congrats on the 1 year milestone!

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  17. Congrats, girl!!! You're an inspiration!! Xo

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  18. Youre amazing, congrats on one year!

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  19. You are inspiring! A great read :)

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  20. <3 <3 <3 So much love to you my friend!

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  21. You are definitely the definition of anything is possible. Way to go girl!

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  22. I absolutely love this post. I want you to know that I am beyond proud of you. You have been through a lot, but you're such a stronger person now. Seriously, you're amazing. These life lessons are absolutely true. You're amazing. Never forget that.

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  23. NEGATIVITY can SUCK IT! Seriously. When you're negative, everything just sounds terrible, when it's truly NOT!!! Look at the big picture! :)

    I have said this before and I will say it again, I LOVE YOU!

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  24. Love your attitude, you are amazing!
    Happy one year!

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  25. You are incredibly inspiring. I regret that I have just found your blog, but I am so happy I did. You are an amazing and beautiful human being. Keep on writing and good luck on this year's journey to the 70.3. I have done a few of them and it is not a light undertaking, but with the strength of your character you are going to blow it out of the water.

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