"No Matter What, Have Courage" ~ Elli Gloeckner
Every day, Susan is refinishing furniture, playing with her kids, or reaching out to friends who are healthy and not projecting their fear of her or their own death. She isn’t able to work now, and things are very tight financially given all her medical expenses. She is tired and sometimes incapacitated these days, but chooses to be alive, to lighten up when she can, have fun, and makes sure to create something every day whether that be a song, a YouTube video, or a painting. She has even recently launched her own hand-made purse business to try and make ends meet: PURSEnallyours.blog.com She reminds me, “No one is getting out of here alive. Once you can overcome the fear of death, you can overcome anything. And I have. I have looked death in the eye and said ‘I’m not afraid of you.’ I trust that I’ll be ready, that I’ll be at peace. I know now that I need to make the best of everyday. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know it’s all temporary. We are all energy just waiting to change into something else.”
Susan doesn’t see herself as extraordinary, but as “average.” She states, “It’s simply a choice: Do I want to have a bad day or to be in joy? Joy is like an electrical current that no one can take away from you. And I tell my kids, anyone can start the day over and make a different choice even if it’s 5 p.m. I remind them to go help someone else, another human being who may be suffering more than you instead of staying in self-pity or self-seeking.”
I’m grateful my husband chose to try a new hair salon four years ago. Thank you Susan for inspiring me to be a better person and a braver mom!