And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom - Anaïs Nin
You know who you are.
You were born without any physical ailments or deformities, there are people (mostly children, called “Butterfly Children”) right now living with a condition called epidermolysis bullosa (EB) where their skin is so thin that any touch can result in a rip or tear that risks infection or death. Their skin literally falls off leaving open sores that have to be dressed up to 10 times a day and they will never know what a bear hug feels like from a loved one without pain. And yet, they still smile.
There are people that have lived in a hospital bed for 45 years, will never walk or be independent but have used their imaginations to create, teach and inspire others.
We were born in the USA and never experienced famine. We have access to clean drinking water and use it on our lawns because the green is more aesthetically pleasing. We are loved, given food, shelter and video games. We are the privileged. So what are we going to do with it?
The only way you and I can truly honor those that live a very different reality than ours is not through pity but to use our sound body, mind and opportunity and not squander it by zoning out another day. Another day of shutting up that little voice, the truth, the purpose of your existence. You / I don’t know the meaning of true struggle. Be thankful. But at least try something.
Our lazy mind is worst than a disease. People with a legitimate illness didn’t have a choice – we do. When you let “lazyassitis” creep in disguised as doubt you’ve already made your choice. I know this all too well because I spent a good chunk of my life in this mode. I didn’t want to know what I was made for or even attempt to found out what that is because Netflix had a lot of new TV series to catch up on. Good news: Action cures this disease.
So this is your call to action. It is your privilege, nay your duty to seize, grow and learn. To stretch yourself beyond the boundaries you thought were possible. To be someone’s example that it can be done. To be a student. To be a teacher. I’m not talking about curing AIDS, but baby steps to fulfilling a forgotten dream will impact you and those around you in ways you’ve never imagined.
Make your ancestor’s proud that they fought for you to have this moment. This is it. What have you got to lose? What have you lost already?
No more complaining. No more fear. Stop being a pussy. Go fucking do it.
Love and Unicorns,
Lynn Camp xoxo