Have you ever taken the time to think back to where you were 1 year ago today?
Too often we get caught up in our day and week that we seldomly think about and, more importantly, appreciate how far we have come.
I have done it myself throughout the years – focusing on wanting things immediately (or yesterday) and not taking the time to realise what you have been though in the last year and what you have achieved.
A quote that speaks to me today, more than ever, is the following:
Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.
Especially as I look at the date and remember that 1 year ago today I was in the hospital having surgery for renal cell carcinoma or, more simply put, kidney cancer. I remember it like yesterday, as pictured above – walking to the hospital with Mr Fox, Universal gym bag on my shoulder in my sweat pants and Nike Free’s and an “Athlete” mentality.
No matter the pain or what my body had to go through that day I would recover as best as I could with this new found athlete way of thinking – from this day out, after the Surgeon had ‘cleaned’ my body I would respect it as best as I could through the proper nutrition, exercise and mentality, and as an extra bonus work towards getting myself on stage and compete in my first IFBB competition.
So, how far have we come? Well – 1 year ago I couldn’t walk, or even sit up in bed. Even with the epidural and endless pain medications my body felt like it had been ran over by a bull dozer and any movements I made felt like an internal thunder and lightening storm. Just crazy.
No words will ever say how grateful I am to my Surgeon who saved my life, as well as all the Dr’s, nurses and specialists who diagnosed me and got me ‘back on my feet’. As weird as it sounds the Maasstad Ziekenhuis holds a very special place in my heart, and it’s always a pleasure to go there every 3 months for my check ups and tests – I have safe in the knowledge that I’m in the best of hands there. (If ever you are in need I would highly recommend this hospital!).
The conclusion of my little story… take a moment and think about where you were this time last year. What has changed, what have you achieved? Take that knowledge and think about how far you would like to go. Where would you like to be 1 year from now? Set yourself goals and execute them day by day.
Wishing you all a wonderful day, make magic happen!