One of my favorite actors and comedians announced today that he had Parkinson’s disease. Although I felt a little saddened by it, he stated that he felt great. He spoke of all the great things he was doing and the various ways in which he was actively helping people.
I was moved by the fact that this fantastic person could, instead of dwelling on misfortunes, reach out to help others and live a very meaningful life. I think we should all take a lesson from this. I do not feel any life comes with a guarantee. I do believe that each and every one of us, no matter what the circumstances or how the odds are stacked, are the authors of our own stories.
It is up to us to understand where we want to go, what we want to do, and what paths we need to climb to get there. Sometimes there are traps along the way, trying to hold you back. Many times, some good people and resources can help you along your journey. Although all of this is found along the paths to your goal, only you can walk your path.
With all the well-meaning people, brilliant technology, and mentors along the way, it comes down to you. Only you can determine which goals in life you wish to achieve. Only you can set yourself and motion. Only you can choose the mentors, family, and other significant people and things you take with you.
This does not mean you’re alone. It just says you’re in charge.
Enjoy your life and remember to laugh with others. It is good for the soul.