#RRBC, A Soul's Journey, Author Post

Life can change in an instant. No misdeeds necessary. No signature required.πŸ’• #RRBC #IARTG

Life can change in an instant. Chances are, if you’re 20 years or older, you know this truth. Life, in its majestic wonder, can sometimes be unkind with its paths of uncertainty and forced goodbyes. In the blink of an eye, all that was once familiar, secure, and steady is now out of reach. No misdeeds necessary. No signature required. The current just suddenly shifts, setting us adrift in uncharted waters with no map or plan of rescue.

Today marks 25 years since the car accident. It’s rather surreal to say that. In 1992, I carried the belief that surely by the year 2000 there would be a cure for spinal cord injuries. That belief has been my saving grace in those early years. Science has advanced, of course, but we are not there yet. In my lifetime perhaps, but not today. Not tomorrow.

Regardless, I write this with a smile and a grateful heart because my journey has been a remarkable one, an incredible voyage of self-discovery. I tell you this because maybe you can relate and perhaps you will consider yours in the same light. Here you are … and hopefully you are smiling too. We have survived the swift current, rocky shores, and relentless winds. Some wounds are cloaked by time, other scars claim a place on our skin. Despite it all, we are here, my friends. We are still here.

Loss, in any form, is painful (family, friends, health, mobility, love…). We know the agony of it because we live and love deeply. Simply put … if it doesn’t hurt, it probably didn’t matter. I cried many tears for the losses in my life. It was never a burden, but a true testament to the joy and love that existed.Β  I wouldn’t change the course because of the outcome. It was worth it.

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I’ve come to understand that life is a continuous journey of becoming. If we anchor ourselves to yesterday, we are bound to miss the beauty that lies before us. And there is so much beauty. Remarkable things transpire from this awareness and acceptance. But to begin we must let go. Let go of the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of the unknown. Fear claims too many dreams; and weary hearts make easy prey.

There really are no certainties in life. Every step is one of faith. A compilation of the trials we’ve overcome and the desire to carry on, and, in some cases, begin again. So let’s embrace the journey, love deeply, and hold no burden of regret when night settles in.

Be bold, be brave, and just breathe … let’s release our fears into the custody of the wind.

Much love to all, XO

45 thoughts on “Life can change in an instant. No misdeeds necessary. No signature required.πŸ’• #RRBC #IARTG”

    1. Thanks so much, Tia! It’s a pause and reflect day. πŸ™‚ Keeps everything in perspective for sure. Thanks again for stopping by with your kind words. I always appreciate your visits. Hugs, my friend.

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  1. Great post. Often we take life for granted. It can be changed without warning. Houston, Texas is experiencing so much loss right now and can identify with what you just wrote. Your article is very uplifting and timely.

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    1. Thank you, Gracie. It’s a pause and reflect day. Keeps everything in perspective for sure. The devastation in Texas is heartbreaking. It’s inspiring to see everyone coming together in a shared hope and united cause.
      Thanks again for stopping by with your kind words. I always appreciate your visits. πŸ™‚

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  2. Natalie, that was beautiful and one of the most inspirational passages I have read. Life is an adventure and many of its moments are not as we would choose, but as you said–here we are. Thank you for the message and the reminder. You truly have a gift for inspiring others, my friend!

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    1. Mae, that’s so kind of you to say. Thank you. πŸ™‚
      It’s a pause and reflect day. Keeps everything in perspective for sure. Thanks again for stopping by with your kind words. I always appreciate your visits. Have a lovely evening. πŸ™‚

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  3. A very inspirational post, Natalie. I also hold on to the hope that progress will be made in the area of my oldest sons chronic condition over the next few years. Maybe the clever doctors out there will come up with an amazing treatment. In the meantime, we to try to make the best of everything.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. It’s a pause and reflect day. πŸ™‚ Keeps everything in perspective for sure. Thanks again for stopping by with your kind words. I always appreciate your visits. And offering up prayers for your son as well.

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  4. Yes, this is a most beautifully written post, which is also inspirational. I have walked the path of a nine year ovarian cancer survivor and remember so well when my life changed in that moment of hearing, “You have cancer.” Yet, this journey has made me a more grateful and giving person. Good can come from anything. Natalie, thank you for posting this.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. It’s a pause and reflect day. πŸ™‚ Keeps everything in perspective for sure. Your journey is a true inspiration.
      Thanks again for stopping by with your kind words. I always appreciate your visits. Wishing you a lovely evening.

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  5. “Fear claims too many dreams; and weary hearts make easy prey.” That says it all, doesn’t it. Your post touched me, as always, my friend. Too frequently in this chaotic world people begin to count the moments … instead of making the moments count. You have the ability to touch souls with your words, Natalie. I am privileged to call you my friend.❀️️

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  6. A poignant reminder…life can change in an instant…I know this truth too well dear friend. Despite the pain and the tears, we have to look at what is before us, even a streak of light keeps us going…hope is the only choice at such times. Thanks for sharing the message of hope. Much love back to you too.

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  7. Reblogged this on MarethMB and commented:
    You’ve got me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, Natalie! My family has had its share of spinal chord injuries – husband had an accident and two operations later, still carries on. I live with a spine that makes life challenging every now and then, but reading your words uplift the heart. πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’ I’m reblogging, thank you so much. Kind regards πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’

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    1. Maretha, sending you a huge (((hug))) across the miles. Your kind words warm my heart. Thank you, and for sharing and reblogging as well. Truly humbled by the amazing support.
      Our journeys have many similarities. Cheers to being persistent in mind, body, and spirit. Blessings, my dear friend. XO

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana, for your kind and encouraging words. It’s my hope that people recognize their own strength and the battles they have overcome. We can be our worst critics sometimes. Wishing you a joyful, peaceful evening. XO

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  8. Hello Natalie. What a beautiful and inspiring post. I am sitting here smiling, because of you. I lost my father earlier this year and I can’t say enough how much this post has helped me to understand certain things. These words touched me so deeply, “I cried many tears for the losses in my life. It was never a burden, but a true testament to the joy and love that existed.” And I love your quote, “In the falling she discovered her wings.” Wow! You were born to inspire the rest of us. ❀ xx

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    1. Oh my…Vashti, I’m so very sorry for your loss. When my mom passed suddenly 20 years ago it nearly broke me. I pray for your heart’s peace.
      Thank you for your kind words, and if they brought some measure of comfort I’m grateful and most humbled. It’s the very reason I wrote it. Thank you, my dear friend. Keep smiling. ❀️

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