So, my life begun at my injury 5 years ago..
What do I mean by that?
For the past 5 years, I've been Dreaming. I've been living a Dream. I've been a Dreamer (alright, maybe I've been a dreamer all my life..) reaching for a Dream. What that Dream was/is, I've yet to find out. But I can tell you, because I was fortunate enough to Dream, I was fortunate enough to LIVE. To REALLY live. To really live in the moment. I had a PURPOSE in my life.
And it all begun because of my injury.
Before my injury, I was an ordinary girl, I was an ordinary Basketball girl who had a 9-to-5 (ok, maybe not 9-to-5 but at least what most would call a) "normal" job, I was fighting hard to keep the Dream (and my Passion) alive, while being busy living my ordinary life. I was fighting hard to make my live extraordinary while trying to break free and DREAM freely (instead of just in my "free" time). AND I was playing Basketball & sports in what seems like 24-7-365, whenever I can. Then one day, on Jan 17, 2010, after two long days of ballin', I woke up at 6am in pain, couldn't bend my right knee at all. That day no longer lives in my head so vividly, but I know my life was different after that.
Because of my unfortunate injury, I learnt that it's never too late to Dream, it's never too late to GO FOR your Dream. Whatever that may be. Or, even if you're not sure what that Dream is yet, it is OK to pursue it. It is OK to make that your goal and priority in your busy life, it is OK to pause everything else you are doing or you "have to" do and just GO FOR that. Everything else will come together. Your loved ones will live, and even if they don't in the beginning, after being showered by your passion and determination, they will eventually come to their senses and support you. (And that will make you closer to them!)
Because of my injury, I started living an extraordinary life (mind you, this' all what I think, not what anyone else around me thinks). I started to feel alive after I went into a temporary depression after the injury, even more alive than before the injury occured. In fact, I have never felt so alive because at last, I was able to DREAM. I was able to START Dreaming.
Because of my fortunate injury, I learnt that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. I learnt to be grateful for what I have. I learnt that I needed to FIGHT for my Passion (that my passion won't always be with me if I don't fight to keep it alive). I learnt that my Passion is my strength. I learnt that MY LIFE is what I make of it. I am the one in control. And finally, I learnt to Dream SMART.
I am nothing but grateful to my injury. If I could turn back time, I would still have played my Heart out every single day and night, I would still have most likely ran down my cartilage in my knee, do I regret all those days/nights out ballin' my Heart out? No, not really. So my injury helped brought a new life to me, and it allowed me to start Dreaming. And I am ultimately, nothing but grateful for it. Because of it, I'm a better me. I am a Dreamer, I dreamt, I am still dreaming and I will continue on Dreaming into the future.
I hope you will, too, Dreamers. I sincerely hope you will, too. Find your injury, make the most of it, be grateful and START Dreaming. Start FIGHTING for your Passion!
Following is a few wise words I've collected from all around that I wanted to share along this post with all of you, hope it serves as a form of inspiration to you, today/tonight:
Make being alive, feeling alive YOUR Priority. Everything else will follow.
It is the journey that counts, not the destination.
From the bottom of my Heart,
A Basketball Girl With A Basketball Dream
A Dreamer. A Rebel. A Forever Inspiration-Seeker & Sharer & A Life-Enthusiast.