Choosing to persevere

I’ve just had lunch with my mum and my brother, and we were talking about teenage freedoms. As teenagers we didn’t have curfews – the only rule we had if we were going out was that our parents needed to know where we were going. I didn’t realise it at the time but this actually gave me a great deal of freedom and responsibility when making choices. I took it to the extreme and phoned home every time we changed location but still… it was my choice. I could have chosen to lie, and then something could have happened and my freedom would have been taken away.

A couple of weeks ago I had quite a ‘magnificent’ seizure leaving impressive abrasions down the side of my face and a damaged wrist. I had no warning before this seizure, when I normally do, and this scared me. I wouldn’t leave the house unless I was with someone. But over the last week cause I’ve had new classes I’ve had to give the epilepsy talk numerous times and I have realised that since I was 11 I could have chosen to give up and give in to the epilepsy or I could choose to live my life.

We have choices to make every day, and in all areas of our life. Perseverance is one of those choices.that we need to make. When those troubles come our way, when we think we’ve failed, when we want to give up, we can choose to persevere or we can choose to give up. Scott Hamilton said:

“Adversity and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless”

We have been given freedom, freedom allows us to make choices, choices shape our lives.

How are you going to use it?

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