I really do like inspirational quotes. There are some people who are simply able to string words together in a beautiful way that can truly impact you and become a motivator to you. Like Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Or in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I have definitely had times when I’ve been feeling kind of down and scanning through the pictures of quotes on Pinterest has helped give me that extra push I needed.
That being said, there are very famous quotes that may sound like an amazing revelation, but the more I think about it, I realize how untrue they are. I came across this one the other day and it made me stop and think…
The moment I read it, I realized how many times I have heard this quote or the sentiment that it involves before, but perhaps worded a little differently. “God chose you because he knew you could handle it.” Or, “You are so strong. I could never had made it through what you’ve been through.” I don’t believe any of that.
I don’t believe that I was destined to have Crohn’s disease or have my colon removed. I don’t believe that there’s a God in heaven who is picking and choosing people who are going to live their lives battling sickness. I don’t believe I am stronger or braver or more suited for dealing with the issues I have than any other person on this planet.
But I do believe that our society has opened the doors for diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to come in. I do believe in God and in his ability to guide us through whatever mess we find ourselves in. I do believe that I am nobody special and that I have only done what any other person would do. I have pushed forward. I have smiled through the pain. I have scraped myself up off the floor and somehow put one foot in front of the other. I have found a way to keep moving. But that doesn’t make me special. That doesn’t make me stronger than anyone else. That makes me human.
We all have our things in life that knock us down and kick us while we are there. For me, that was Crohn’s disease. For others, it may be financial problems, or an abusive relationship, or a difficult child, or a learning problem, or a combination of things. But those people keep going.
And I know, if you were faced with the same issues I have been through, or if another person was given the same difficulties you have dealt with in your life, you both would do the same thing: You would keep living. And that’s what makes you strong enough for whatever this life gives you.