The Red Band Society

The Red Band Society

Tonight I watched the Red Band Society with my 14 year old daughter. I have to admit it is an amazing show, but not for the reasons you may think. My daughter was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. Because of that we have spent many hours in the Emergency Room and days that turned into weeks as an inpatient in the hospital.

So as I was watching the children on television, I had my daughter filling in the reasons and the pain before they could articulate it. It gave me a chance to talk to her more about her experiences. As we watched the pilot she said to me ‘Mom why are you crying?’. The reason of course was I could feel the pain portrayed. It’s was easy to do since I have been there. I have watched my child suffer, while watching other parents watching their children suffering.

In the end what I loved most about this show was that it is a story of hope. I believe Nurse Jackson said ‘Your life is your life. No one but you can live it.

This brings me back to what I originally wanted to write in this post.

Do what you love. Life is short and I was reminded of that fact tonight. I have met so many people who are stuck due to bad choices or simply how life played out. Now they believe they can never get out. They think life will be the same till the end. To steal a saying ‘I have been there and done that.’. I want to respectfully submit that hope is still alive and well. As long as it lives and breathes you can make a change in your life.

You are not stuck unless you choose to be. That last statement sucks and I know it. It sucks because I have to apply it to my life everyday, but its still true. While I am stealing statements someone once said ‘You are the change your life needs.’. Honestly I think they are on to something with that one.

So here’s my call to action (CTA). Die Happy. Help some one across the street. Make your million plus dollars. Start your business or go to art school. Write your novel. Every time we make ourselves smile with joy then we have something in our bank that we can pass along.

But what if your miserable? Then be miserable going where you want to go. Getting to the sweet spot is never easy, but I hear its worth it.

I Dare


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