September 13th is Positive Thinking Day, and this is a special day in my eyes. As a person living with two illnesses, positive thinking is my way of life. It's my lifestyle. I can remember it like it was yesterday, hearing life-changing news that could have broken me down, but all I could think about was keeping a positive mindset.
Before my diagnosis, I had always been a fan of popular quotes. I liked to read through them, and they would make me happy. After I was diagnosed with Lupus, and then pulmonary hypertension, these quotes energized me. I felt a deeper spiritual connection with the words I was reading. I also felt like it was my new purpose in life to help all people live a positive life.
At the time of my diagnosis, I also let go of all of the stress I was carrying with me. Until this point, I had no idea how much I let stress control my life. I didn't want any unnecessary stuff in my life. I felt like I already had so much to deal with, and why add on more. I always say that I wouldn't trade my diagnosis, it changed me, but in such an amazing way. It was like I could finally see the beauty in everything, and the wonderful in the small things.
I started to have better relationships with my friends and my family. I started to experience life more. I mean, I wasn't scared of death anymore. I feel like I faced death when I was diagnosed. Although I never believed I had an expiration date, I thought that if I truly did, then I wanted to live my best life. Here I am two years later, and I can say that the past two years have been some of my favorite years. There has been so much change and growth, and I owe it all to positive thinking.
When negative events happen, I think it is natural to react in any way that is right for the person experiencing them, but when these events come up, I like to be the healthy reminder that there is always a positive side. I am considered "Positive Polly" among my friends. I noticed that it is difficult to see through the negative, and I think everyone is entitled to be reminded that life has so many beautiful gifts that are hidden among the craziness of daily life.
I am happy to be able to live a positive lifestyle. This has given me so many little gifts that I cherish everyday. I hope to be an inspiration to others, so they know that with a positive mindset, you can push through any hardship. Life is going to throw curve balls, but luckily we are strong, and we are able to create the happiness in our lives. My wish is that everyone can live the positive life that they choose.
Happy Positive Thinking Day!
Written by Elisa L.