Throughout my adult life there has been a phrase I find myself repeating often. “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” While these words are most popularly used in reference to hardships, traumatic events, physical challenges, and other struggles of life, it must also be applied to the rest. All of it. Anything and everything can make us stronger if we choose.
Each moment we’re alive we have the opportunity to learn, to grow, and to build strength. Our most mundane days can be transformed with the right attitude and intentions. Processing new light from the simplest times with an open mind and the desire to thrive. Until the day we die, we can either survive or truly live. New Lindsay lives by the words of this phrase because who I am now will always choose life over survival. I value strength and I respect anyone who makes the most of their time here on this earth. Those who try to be better everyday for themselves, for their community and for the world as a whole.
Of course the will to live is effort on its own. Finding purpose or a greater power to believe in. Sure, you can have faith or pray to God, whatever sources your will to live, but at the end of the day it is you who has to make things okay. You who gives life meaning. No matter what happens.
It is my choice to get stronger each and every day or to leave my fate to the universe. So whether it’s picking up tools for grief after losing someone, learning my love language through a breakup, or literally gaining strength from major weight-loss, I know I will at the least come out a stronger woman. Whether it’s having a conversation with a stranger, taking my dog for a walk or cooking a meal for dinner, I can find new perspective from these simple moments if I’m searching. Entering an almost two year journey of braces, double jaw surgery, liquid diet, recovery and rehabilitation with prosthetic joints so I can live a life free of debilitating pain might be enough to shut someone down. For me? I see an immense amount of learning, a magnitude of growth and a world of people I can help from my own change. I see even more life to live and a future where I only get stronger.