Ten years ago today, marks the day I first contracted Salmonella food poisoning. It’s also the day that I learnt to appreciate the power of my own strength, and became well aware of the faults in the medical system and the faults in people around me. Little did I know that eating out at a fast-food company that begins with the letter S and ends in Y (Fill in the blanks!) would completely change my outlook on life and change my health for what some would consider the worse – but I see it as the best thing that could’ve happened to me.
I was coming into this day not knowing how to feel; I was a basket case of emotions. Happy and proud one minute but sad and angry the next. My partner told me to take it all in and to just appreciate today for what it is – pretty good advice. Reflecting on everything that has happened over the past ten years has made me realise that I am all the better for what was thrown at me. I now wake up everyday with purpose and live a life where the options are limitless. I take nothing for granted and appreciate even the smallest of gestures and the little things that often go unnoticed. I am a better, stronger, more determined young-woman and I do not hold any animosity for the cards I was dealt with.
I may never be able to go camping, eat popcorn or go sky-diving but if there’s one thing I know for sure, it is that my zest for life is more prominent than most and I will never say no to an opportunity.
So, I leave you all with the ten lessons I have learnt over this past decade. I hope you can learn and take something from them.
One: Always trust your gut (Pun intended!)
Two: Put yourself first at all times
Three: The relationship you have with yourself is the most important one you will ever have. Be kind and love yourself.
Four: Make time for those who make time for you – you are not a one-way street.
Five: Go for your goals no matter how ridiculous they may seem to others.
Six: You are capable of a lot more than you think.
Seven: Let people in.
Eight: It’s okay to be vulnerable (every once in a while)
Nine: Surround yourself with people you can gain something from.
Ten: Never back down.