I am healthy and capable of doing a lot with my life and I have come to learn that this is a privilege. I could have been born as anyone in any country of any color. I was born into the easiest life possible. A healthy white girl born into a country with more privileges than any other. It was actually predicted that I would have more struggles than ‘basic white girl problems’.
My mom has a disorder called Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy. This means her nerves are slowly dying off causing the amputation of her leg when she was 20. My aunts have the same disorder and also have at least one leg amputated at a young age. Little is known about this disorder and it was predicted that it would be passed on to their children but was fortunately not. Physical activity usually makes this disorder worse and nerves die off faster, meaning since my mom and aunts were young, they went from being very active to not at all in order to salvage their nerves and prevent further amputations. Many patients come into the emergency department at young ages with cancer, HIV, heart failure etc. They cannot live the average life that every young adult lives.
So I take a look at myself. I am honestly a very timid person and am particularly boring. Then I look at my mom and my aunts, they have so much life in them but cannot challenge it. This truly pisses me off. Many people, myself included, take advantage of being healthy. This is why I am extremely irked by people who pick up smoking, but we will save this for my next “What Grinds My Gears”. This year I decided to make a change. My goal is to open myself up to all of the possibilities in life. I want to travel and run marathons and take action in my community because I am capable. I want to do it for those who are not. I would also like to become involved in things where I can help. Ultimately I have learned the passion and incite that I have for life. I want to make a difference and see the world and influence those around me. So I have come up with a bucket list. I have no clue with my busy life style how long it will take me to accomplish these tasks but eventually I have full intentions of doing so.
Go Hunting and Fishing… I went hunting this November for Elk but did not get anything. I would like to some day get most of my resources from my own land.
Learn Spanish fluently… I took it in high school but only remember very little, “Puedo ir al bano?”, if that is even correct.
Travel to Latin America and volunteer… this doesn’t mean spring break in Cabo. Although Cabo could use some help right now.
Run a half marathon
Run a full marathon
Travel to Ireland, Africa, New Zealand, among many other countries.
Hike the Grand Canyon
Volunteer by supporting children who are terminally ill. You meet with the child frequently and are a friend and tutor and help them cope.
Support the troops- I am unsure of how I would like to do this but if I were to specialize in trauma perhaps that could link. I am interested with working with amputees as well.
For now this is all I have. Let me know if you have any ideas. All I can say is ask yourself about how privileged you are. Most people feel offended by this word but most of us in the US are privileged. The links provided below helped me be less offended and actually appreciate it. If you are privileged take advantage of it. Stand up for what you believe. Help those who need it. Be adventurous. Take charge of your life.