You are Fucking Amazing.

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared that my lovely Dad had a major stroke whilst on holiday in India. I left the story at the point of having to fly out to India with the mission to bring Dad home...there's a lot of detail to fill in but it's still a bit too raw to write about yet. Instead, here's some realisations that emerged whilst writing my journal since I returned home to Yorkshire..."As the hours, days and weeks go on I find myself growing and feeling stronger than ever. Despite stressy chest pains, fluttering heart, frustrations, way too much swearing and really preferring not to have to constantly deal with everything going on (would much rather be on a sun drenched beach) I can literally feel myself stretching within, finding strength I never knew I had and I was a pretty strong and determined woman before. I'm a million miles from perfect but right now I'm thinking 'damn, this sista rocks'. That's me.

It's Friday night and I'd much rather be sipping gin and tonics with a good mate and talking crap but instead I'm about to get on my laptop and start writing emails to my dad's local member of parliament about issues that affect all of us, especially elders. One day we'll all be old. We never believe it will happen to us and even though we may think about our mortality or meditate on death most of us bounce around as if we are immortal. I've never written to an MP before and I guess right before an election is not the best time but right now I need to stand up for someone I love very much, I need to kick some butt - it feels good, it feels proactive."

So the message woven in to the words above can be summarised by some well worn cliches I know to be true:

 

WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER.

EVERY SITUATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND LEARN EVEN IF IT TOTALLY STRETCHES YOUR MIND BODY AND SPIRIT TO THE LIMIT.

YOU ARE WAY STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE.

BE GRATEFUL EVEN IN ADVERSE CIRCUMSTANCES - THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE SUFFERING MORE THAN YOU.

YOUR POSITIVE ACTIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

SO DOES YOUR LOVE.

A SENSE OF HUMOUR AND LAUGHTER (OFTEN HYSTERICAL) WILL HELP YOU GET THROUGH EVEN THE TOUGHEST TIMES.

***YOU ARE FUCKING AMAZING***