Who Are You?

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Lets talk about this little picture that I just so happened to come across in New York City. I absolutely fell in love with it so of course, I had to buy it!

I’ve always found quotes like this very intriguing because I start to think about my life and who I am as a person. The circumstances I’ve been placed in and what I’ve taken from those, good or bad.

Right now, it’s making me think of my reality of having Kleine-Levin Syndrome. I’ve been asked by many people, “do you wish you never had it?” My answer to that is no. As terrifying as this syndrome can be, the months I’ve lost in my life and everything that happened along the way, has all made me become the person I am today. If I didn’t have KLS, I wouldn’t be writing this post, I would never have thought to start a blog and I wouldn’t be trying to inspire people to embrace and be thankful for every moment of their life. I’ve met some new people that may have never crossed my path, I’ve lost some friends but I’ve become closer to even more. Everything would be different which is why I’m so grateful for my life and the situations I have faced and grown from.

I believe the sentence,”You are what you take from these.” is so true and whatever that is, is who we become. If I hated the fact that I have KLS, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. I don’t think I would be nearly as grateful as I am right now, I wouldn’t be teaching you nor would I be trying to encourage anyone. I took my personal situation which may not be the greatest and I turned it into something positive. I absolutely love my life and the fact that I am one in a million who got to experience a rare neurological disorder. I don’t think many people would say that but I am exactly what I took from this. My goal is for you to make sure you take the best out of everything you’ve been through. I know how difficult it can be when we are faced with unfortunate situations and we don’t know what to do, but we cannot let those times make us bitter. I have a very strong belief that everything happens for a reason and however we handle it, will show who we are.

Now focusing on the sentence that says, “So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence.” Having KLS has taught me so much about the brain and what it is capable of, some of which I may have never learnt if I didn’t go through this. Having this knowledge, I have taught hundreds of people about this syndrome. These people may have never come across it and I hope I have helped you, just like how someone helped lead me in the right direction of a diagnosis. Every single day, we are constantly learning even if we don’t feel like we are. I am constantly learning about myself and you are learning about yourself. Life isn’t about merely existing, it’s about living, learning and growing from the situations you are faced with. Good or bad, whatever you take from those is who you are and who you will become.

I am everything I have taken from my experiences, the songs that I listen to, books that I read, movies that I watch are who I am. The same applies to you.

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