Embracing Change Within as Determined Souls

My struggles are what release the firestorm of passion and love within my heart.  It’s frightening, challenging, overwhelming, and exciting, I love everything about life; the pain, frustration, failures, and strength of our hearts to persevere in the face of fear.

My heart aches not from the sadness but aches from the intensity of the love in my heart that I want to spread like a wild fire throughout the world.

I want to glide through the air with swiftness and speed of an eagle to shoot from the heavens toward the oceans with crazy momentum; touch the hearts of everybody I see to light their worlds with endless passion for life to enjoy every moment; make the world smile to realize its potential, to spark an incredible energy of happiness through our nervous systems like jolts of lightning.  I’m learning to live untethered from fear to be amazing and we can do it together.

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We must embrace change within ourselves to be determined souls.  Logical, courageous change is the only way we can reach greatness, learn, adapt, and progress to reach our potential.

Our struggles with changes test our heart and strength.  I’m a fighter; no struggle is too much for me.

Peering into my past, I wanted to live so I had to make two drastic changes to my life:

  1. Get tracheostomy tube insertion surgery to assist my lungs with breathing, which requires specialized assistance with a ventilator. 
  2. Live in the hospital for a year.

At home, my Dad was my caregiver to accommodate my physical limitations being wheelchair bound.

Home was too comfortable with no independence.  I wanted to stay hidden where I was comfortable but I was destined for a greater journey from the passion coursing through my veins.

Transitioning to living in a hospital for a year was terrifying and it hit me upside the head with change!

I told myself, “I want to go home!’ and “Crap, everybody is going to see me naked and exposed!”

I had a few panic/anxiety attacks in the beginning.

Living in the hospital for an extended stay teaches you to become much less shy of people seeing you naked.

Going to the hospital was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I made some great lifelong friends and it took me out of my comfort zone.

Being shy terrified me of socializing with people; I got to face my fears by becoming more comfortable with talking to people. A hospital is a great place to socialize with the staff and other patients.

We can learn from all our experiences and spread the love and wisdom we’ve learned from the lessons in our struggles.

Let’s not let the fear hold us back anymore.  We must tell people how much we care about them and tell them exactly what we need to tell them.

Let’s grasp life by the balls, enjoy the epic moments we have together, cherish the sunrises and sunsets, the waves crashing on the shoreline of a beach and dance to the soundtrack of our lives with our loved ones.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from your struggles?

Share in the comments.

  • kathunsworth

    Robbie great piece and a great release of passion about living. You are heading in the right direction. Embrace change, we are forever changing, learning and growing it is why we are here. To love our fellow human beings and show compassion and understanding. Thank you for uplifting my day .

    • determinedsoul

      Thanks, Kath! I feel the most alive in my writing when I release my passion about living. I try to dig deep into my soul and share the message that drives me.

  • troy mc laughlin

    Robbie please continue to write. Don’t ever stop. You write with such conviction and authenticity, it moves me. Keep up the good work. Thank you

    • determinedsoul

      Thanks, Troy! I appreciate the encouragement. I definitely won’t stop writing, I love craft! I struggle with writing sometimes but I must bare my soul onto the page. I will keep pushing forward.

  • Laura Harris

    The greatest lesson I ever learned from my struggles was that I have to be very intentional about picking the priorities for my life. Others will try to determine priorities for us at time. True peace requires that we stick to our guns.

    • determinedsoul

      Hi Laura, thanks for stopping by with a great comment! I love that line, “True peace requires that we stick to our guns.”

  • I have learned my struggles don’t define me. I am more than my past.

    “Let’s not let the fear hold us back anymore.” Great thought. I will remember that this week as I write.
    All the best. Keep writing. 🙂

    • determinedsoul

      Thanks, Pamela! I will never fear the Publish button either.

  • Ange

    I learned that we need to be truthful to ourselves as we cannot pleased everyone. Being truthful is also about accepting who we are: the good, the bad and the ugly. We are who we are because of all that we are… so, rejecting part of ourselves just because is ‘ugly’, is rejecting our very soul…

    Our interactions with others during our trials teach us a lot about ourselves – if at least we have an open eye to see.

    Pure love does not judge, its embracing and engulfing our very soul…

    To change, improve ourselves, we must first accept who we are searching areas we might improve. Honesty is require hence not many people will see with clear eyes… At least, this is my truth, what i believe …

    • determinedsoul

      Thanks again, Ange! Your words of wisdom are encouraging and insightful. I have really enjoyed your comments and I look forward to hearing more from you.