Inspirational #AtoZChallenge

I is for Inspirational

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been told how much I inspired someone to be better in their life. This applies to healthcare practitioners, other chronically ill people, and your average person you might see walking down the street. I appreciate the kind words, and it is nice to hear someone say something positive for a change. But to be honest, I just don’t see myself that way.

See I don’t envision myself as being that special. I do what I do because it is who I am. I’ve always been what some call a giver. Years before I even graduated high school, I joined emergency services. Not because of anything other than I wanted to help people, and I loved doing it. I was lucky enough to have a career in pre-hospital emergency medical services for many years before being diagnosed with a chronic and debilitating illness.

After my first (of many) diagnoses I promised myself I would find a way to continue helping people in spite of my illness. I became involved in a local support group for those with the same diagnosis. I began researching everything I could to not only help others but to help myself in the process. From the same early age, I was involved in volunteer emergency services in a variety of roles. All of these roles were rewarding, and I enjoyed each one in their own way. And I consider myself very lucky to have made a difference in more than one life along the way of the last few decades.

Others may see this as me being an inspiration to them. However, all I see is the fact that I have something to give, and in an effort to make sense of my own life and help others along the way, I plan to give just as long as I am capable. My ability to give has been severely hampered by physical restrictions of late, but I still have lots to give. I just don’t see how that makes me special.

I’m just another guy who is too stubborn (or stupid) to quit, lay down and die!

Has anyone ever called you an inspiration? How did it make you feel? What were your thoughts? Please share with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!

4 Replies to “Inspirational #AtoZChallenge”

  1. I was a teen mental health case who everything assumed would grow up to be a drain on society or commit suicide before I turned 19 (no judgement, that’s just what they thought and that was fine). I grew into adult-hood to be a ‘normal’ functioning person with a house I pay for myself, and a car I bought new, and a high paying job that am good at, you know all those ‘successful person’ things your supposed to have. I cant go to therapists any more because they are, what i call, ‘dazzled’ by me. They want to hear how I got this far and study me, rather then help me with my current issues. I tell me story as often as I can because I want people like me to know they can be more then anyone expects of them. But I don’t like being called inspirational, it demeans the success I have because what I have accomplished is nothing but not being a waste of space. It trivializes people that have worked to be change the world, where I have just managed to live in it without screwing up to badly. I know what you mean, I’m just a women who was to stubborn to quit, even when that’s what everyone expected.
    Stopping in from A to Z Challenge!

  2. I don’t think I’m an inspiration to anyone. We all have challenges in life. Mine have not been quite those of others. The most inspirational person I knew was my late best friend from childhood, who fought valiently against two cancers, surviving the first (with two young children) and becoming an elementary school teacher in New York City. When she was diagnosed with her 2nd cancer, the one that ultimately killed her, she was a caregiver for her 90 plus year old mother, and still did everything she could for her Mom, despite being on chemo.

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to share! It definitely sounds like your best friend was a great warrior to power through the repeated challengess in front her, regardless of the outcome!

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