“Mom, you’ve got to watch this.” That’s how the conversation started. How many times have you been in the middle of something, and your kid asks you to stop everything and give them your attention? What normally happens?
If you’re like me you don’t usually stop everything. You say I have to work right now. Or maybe after dinner. Or focus on the 10 other thing that are on your to do list that day. but yesterday, Lexi was adamant that I drop everything. So I did, and I am really thankful that I did.
Lexi had stumbled across a YouTube video on Claire Wineland. I had heard of Claire, but I can honestly say that I didn’t “know” Claire’s story. Even if you don’t care at all about Cystic Fibrosis, I would still recommend you take the time to watch her story. The message on giving back, courage, and not letting the bad things in your life define you, speaks to everyone. Forget Five Feet Apart. Watch this instead.
For my daughter with cystic fibrosis, trying to figure her life out at age 16, I think that message is tremendous. Find a way to live your best life, and give back to others, without dwelling on the hand you’ve been dealt. I asked Lexi, after we watched the video, what is she going to have the courage to do? Obviously, that’s something she has to think about. But what a better role model, then someone who has walked her journey, and I would say a much more severe version of her journey, and who in her own way made so much positive impact . If she could do that, what can you do? We talked about finding a way to teach the world how chronic illness impacts teenagers. Maybe do volunteer work. She’s capable of so much.
And if I’m challenging my teenager to think about courage, what about myself? Right now I’m just trying to be the best mom and wife I can, but that’s really an excuse. So I’m going to have the courage to write. It’s hard to put yourself out there. Sharing opens yourself up for judgement. I don’t really want to be judged. No one does. But I’m finding writing to be therapeutic. Lexi will ask me “did you post yet mom?” So I know it’s becoming more important to her. The more I open up the more amazing people I hear about and learn from. So, I’m going to have the courage to write. It may seem simple to most, but right now I think it’s what I need to do.
So, what are you going to have the courage to do? Let us know if you watch the video. What’s on your mind?