A Truly Inspirational Tale.
We all need inspiration in life, something to aim for, a reason to get out of bed in the morning to face the day. Whether we are starting a new career or launching our own business or even learning to play a musical instrument, there is almost always a catalyst or a trigger that motivates us to pursue these ambitions.
Even though this story is completely irrelevant to my personal goals, it inspires me because it shows me that we must NEVER give up on our dreams because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
The Future Is Unset
None of us really know what the future holds, yet we’re living in a world of anxiety and stress. Why worry over something you can’t control or change? You might as well accept what is and learn to cope with whatever eventuality comes your way.
This is a true story about a woman whose life and career was turned upside down unexpectedly. She had dedicated much of her adult life helping others and almost out of nowhere her health let her down.
Gill worked as a nurse in a residential hospital for the elderly. Many of these people were so frail they couldn’t feed or cloth themselves. This was her job, to take care of even their most basic tasks that we all take for granted. She did this for thirty years. One day out of the blue she started feeling unwell and became so ill that she was sent home from work.
After going through all kinds of medical procedures and tests she discovered she had rheumatoid arthritis and it was quite a severe variant. She would no longer be able to continue working as her job involved a lot of lifting. Within a week of feeling ill, her career was over. This meant a lot of stress and anxiety for her future. She was only 55 years old and had to retire early even though her mind was still very young.
Life Can Be An Ordeal
For the next ten years Gills health had deteriorated so much so that walking to the local shops had now become impossible. She had always been a very independent woman and to have this taken away from her was almost as unbearable as the arthritis itself.
Have you noticed how life always seems to kick us when we’re down?
At 65 Gill had a heart attack and it was very touch and go there for a while whether she would make it at all, but she fought it and was eventually released from hospital. Of course, she was now in new territory again. She was now diagnosed with not only the arthritis but also heart disease and high blood pressure. She went through months of more tests and medical treatment. Due to being bed ridden for so long after her heart attack, the arthritis became much worse. She’s now using a walking frame and struggles to walk 10 feet.
The Biggest Cause Of Death Is Retirement
I’m not even sure where I picked this saying up from but it makes sense: if we have a job or task to complete we’ll go right on living. But the moment we have nothing to do without lives, we no longer feel the need to go on living.
Now I’m NOT saying if you aren’t working or doing something constructive at this moment your life is worthless–on the contrary–what I AM saying is, there is always something that we can be doing or aim for no matter how bad things are, and that’s exactly what Gill did! She was told in no uncertain terms that she needed to get moving the best she can, get active and get living, as she had a lot more life left in her. That’s exactly what she did.
She never really did anything creative in her entire life, but always had an admiration for art, so she decided to try a local art class. It turned out that she had a real genuine talent. It picked her up, gave her a whole new lease in life and she is still attending art classes to this day, at 75. She struggles a lot due to her arthritis, constantly dropping her paint brush or pencils, but the folk at her classes are for kind and helpful to her.
At 68 she had to have both her knees replaced and after both operations she was on her feet the very next day. They have to do each knee separately due to the nature of the procedure, and within a few days she was back home.