Giving Thanks This Holiday Season
There is something really energizing about the change of weather, especially in Los Angeles — from roasting hot to a breezy, cool temperature. For me, the change in seasons signifies the coming of all of my favorite holidays.
It’s really exciting to watch my daughter grow more and more aware each year of Halloween and Christmas — her two favorite holidays, other than her birthday, of course. She gets increasingly excited each year, which is a lot of fun for my wife and me to see.
For a lot of people, holidays can be stressful, but for me, it’s blissful. My business shuts down on the holidays, which means no one is calling or e-mailing me for several days. In my world, that is rare.
Around Christmas time, I usually have a lot of feelings of gratitude and joy. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and successful career. It’s a really great time for me to relax and reflect on the things that I am most thankful for. One of those things is my health. I am so fortunate that I have found a management plan that works for me. I try to be optimistic, and my health has been pretty good so far, but with the uncertainty of this disease, it’s hard not to worry about the future.
At times, I find these thoughts in the back of my mind, so I am grateful for each day I get to spend hiking, running, swimming and jumping on the trampoline with my daughter. Having RRMS has caused me to appreciate the little things and the moments with my family because it feels like the freedom of my mobility could be taken away at any moment.
This time of year reminds me how lucky I am to have a supportive family, especially my wife and children. They have helped me through the most difficult times; they are the greatest gift and blessing I have ever received.
Another thing I am really thankful for is the opportunity to impact and help other people living with MS by sharing important information and facts about MS. And at the same time, the community has been amazingly supportive for me. It has been one hell of a journey thus far, and I have met some really inspiring people along the way. I am continuing to learn so much from so many strong people, and I am thankful to everyone supporting me.
As the New Year approaches, I am thinking of ways I can improve my quality of life even more. People like to make New Year’s resolutions, and I think it is a great thing to do, even if you stick to them for a short time. If we are always making new goals, we will constantly be striving to better ourselves, and if that’s not a positive thing, then I don’t know what is! It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. And I’m enjoying the ride.
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