Have You Seen Your Parkinson’s As a Second Chance?
I am reading a book whose story is set in a fictitious town by the name of Second Chance. We all know the phrase “second chance” is more than a made-up town full of cowboys and hoodlums.
A second chance can be a moment in life when you find out you’ve been given another opportunity, another go-around at something you so desperately wanted but thought had passed you by.
But it didn’t.
You may not have been expecting to get another chance and the opportunity that presented itself may not have appeared to be a second chance. But in hindsight you realize that, yes, you were given another opportunity and (hopefully) you took it.
Most people don’t know how to get the most out of their life, myself included. We wander about our days, doing the ordinary while longing for the extraordinary. We allow fear to hold us back from living our best: fear of failing or fear of being hurt or fear of not measuring up. We experience those fears on a regular basis. I experienced all three in only one day. It is called living in fear.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can be somewhat like getting a second chance at life, when you think about it. (I realize that it may take a long, hard look for some to come to that conclusion, if ever.)
My second chance has been about learning how to grab hold of this life I’ve been given and enjoy it for all it’s worth — or at least more than I did before. Because of Parkinson’s disease, I have a greater awareness of life’s value, and a greater understanding of how short life is.
Yes, we were given a cruddy diagnosis, but it is not a death sentence. In do-overs and second chances, there are no pity parties over what you’re unable to do. Instead, gratitude emerges for what you have been able to do thus far: seize that second chance.
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