It has been fourteen years since my second chance at life. If you are new to my blog, you can read My Own Epiphany in the sidebar or read last year's updated and edited version, Remembering My Second Chance. I'm much happier with that article.
This day means so much to me! Since my experience, I often struggle with the question of why. Think about the story of the Magi. In their quest to find the Newborn King, they followed a star. Each of us has a star to follow, a purpose, a reason for being. I wonder why I survived. Was it simply to have two more children? Do I have a higher purpose? Why am I here?
Questions. My philosophical self loves them. I don't know how often I ask myself if I'm doing what I'm meant to do. I don't know what I would do if the answer was no! Because at this moment in time, I am content. I love my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my animals. I really do enjoy homeschooling my children and writing my comics and articles. I am amazed at every comment I get, because it means that I touched someone enough that they felt the need to respond. I've been a bit overwhelmed lately and I haven't been able to return the favor to some of you, but I want you all to know that I do appreciate your thoughtful comments.
I think the most important thing I have learned since my attack is not to take my life too seriously. Holding on to anger, worrying excessively, refusing to forgive and let go of past hurts makes it hard to enjoy the little miracles that happen each day. I try to remind myself of this whenever I draw my comics. Sometimes laughter is the only thing that keeps me sane through life's trials. And I say this as one who has fought depression and anxiety.
If I make only one person laugh each day, if I inspire one person to make the most of their gifts, their talents, then I truly am doing what I am meant to do. And I thank you for giving me a purpose.
So follow your star. And as you do, make sure you enjoy the journey.
Peace and Laughter!