So this has just been the morning of inspiration and a good reminder of what’s important — living YOUR life!
After hearing that really thought provoking message in the car, I came to work and started my routine task. One of those tasks is turning on the TV and flipping it to the TODAY show…just to have on in the background. And then this morning, a story aired that broke my heart and touched my soul at the same time.
It was the story of Ben Breedlove, an 18-year-old high school student with a rare heart disease but with the spirit of fighter and a champion. Ben suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which he’s had all his life yet, as he said it, he cheated death three times and didn’t let his condition get the best of him.
But a part from surviving some literal near-death encounters, he had a such a positive spirit that he shared with the world via his YouTube channel and one in particular stole the hearts of many…including mine.
It was one of his last before his death on Christmas day, and it was a silent video with music and note cards to tell his story.
In an interview with KXAN, Ben’s mother, Deanne Breedlove said he died after the family finished opening their Christmas gifts…but even with his passing, he left us with a gift.
“I just think Ben opened doors for a lot of people to think about something that maybe they’ve never thought about before,” Deanne Breedlove told KXAN. “And that to me is a wonderful gift.”
So the next time you start to complain about something or wish your life could be different, STOP and remember that things could be the other way around. This video and story reminded to not waste life, it’s too short to worry about little things when others have so many other burdens to bear.
And, again, as we enter a new year, just remember, to live each day to the fullest, and try to inspire as many people as you can because you never know how your story will impact someone’s life. Ben, you touched mine and may you rest in peace!
Until next time,