Happy New Year!
So I know it’s already the 8th of January but I was saving this post for today. I want to start off by wishing everyone a (slightly late) Happy New Year. I hope that this year is great for everyone. To everyone out there fighting something, whether it be medical problems, personal problems and so on - YOU GOT THIS!
Today marks another milestone, one year since I launched my blog.
Today’s message - Make your dreams reality!
A year ago, I took a big risk. I launched a blog with the hopes of educating people about heart-disease, specifically the one that I face, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, I wanted to take everyone on the journey of my life, as the teenager with a mechanical heart and awaiting heart-transplantation. A year has passed and I still have the same idea, I want to show people that no matter what disability you face, you can achieve whatever you want to, with a positive mindset.
I want to share a short story with you guys about something that I recently achieved -
December 2nd, 2016. I posted an article on my blog called “The next Usain Bolt”. I had just started going to the physio and was starting my recovery from open-heart surgery. On that day, I hit a personal best in the hospital gym - 15 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the bicycle and I was also able to do some leg weights. One month post open-heart surgery and I was already doing great, I mean, I wasn’t even able to walk after the operation because of the pain. On that post, I set myself a goal, it was to participate in The 24 Hour Race in 2017
For the people who don’t know, The 24 Hour Race is a 24 hour relay race organised by students, for students in order to raise awareness for human trafficking. The event takes place every year at The Peak in Hong Kong and also takes place in countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.
One year after, on that same day, I was there 7:00am ready to participate. After a year of preparation, physiotherapy, proving to my doctors that I was able to participate, they gave me the green light. I set myself a goal, 8 laps in those 24 hours. Each lap was 3.2km and therefore if I were to hit my goal, I would have completed 25.6km. On Sunday the 3rd, when it was nearly reaching the 24th hour, I crossed that line and completed my 8th lap. This moment, was a moment of pure satisfaction, I felt like a champion. I had set a goal for myself and achieved it. I didn’t take no for an answer and although I had to take long breaks during the race and see the medics team as well as doctors, I did it.
Overall the meaning of this message is to set yourself some goals and really push towards achieving them. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or that you can’t do it, because at the end of the day, it comes down to how much YOU WANT IT!
Hopefully this year, we all have more goals to achieve and I have many that I want to share with you guys, I will share this on the next post.
To read the next part of my story, click the link below -