Day 18: Do you think you have become a better person through being ill?
I’m not the same person I was before I became ill. I certainly wasn’t a bad person before; I was generally happy, compassionate, funny, and caring. And I still have those things.
But my feelings now are deeper. I feel more. I’m not necessarily happy, but I’m joyful in the Lord. I have more compassion than I ever thought it was possible to have. I hope I can still make my coworkers laugh when I return to work. And I think I care more about everything and everyone in my life because I’m more grateful for what I do have.
People have been telling me lately that I have such a positive attitude despite my frankly crappy circumstances. It’s only through my faith in the Lord that I have been able to develop such an attitude. I think that has made me a better person. And I will say again, I am actually thankful that all these terrible things have happened to me, because I like the person I am now better than the person I was before I got blindsided by all these illnesses.
Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to better yourself. Be kind. And make your mark on the world in a positive way.