Reflecting on 2014, Looking Forward with Hope

Crystal McClure talks about a New Year with Cerebral Palsy

By Crystal McClure

As we enter into the new year, I would like to take a look back on 2014. For me, the last two years have brought a lot of personal growth. There was one major positive change in 2014, during the spring of last year, when my sister and her daughter moved in with me. It was a big adjustment for all of us, but quite possibly one of the best things that could have happened. Also, I made new friends last year as well. They treat me just as they would anyone else and have affirmed just as many others have for me, that being around positive people brings out positivity in you!

What am I most thankful for this year, as with every year, is family and friends. They keep me going and are the biggest reason (aside from my Faith) as to why I always have such a positive outlook on life. Even when things were not great last year, I always reminded myself that everything would be ok no matter the outcome. There is always something positive in everything that we endure in life. We just have to look for it. It is when we choose to only see the negative side of things that we receive a negative outcome.

Meeting A New Challenge

One of the biggest changes for everyone was my sister and her daughter moving in. After much discussion we decided this decision would be the best for both of us. I would have someone around and also have other help I needed, and she would have the help she needed in having someone to care for her daughter while she worked. What I have learned through this change most of all is not just how different we are as people, but how well we come together and make it all work out for the good. I learned that we deal with situations differently and that is okay. I learned that I am able to keep calm in very high stress situations. I attribute that to having to deal with the many challenges that my cerebral palsy throws my way every day.

Continuing Positivity

In 2015, I want to continue to be positive. I also want to bring about more awareness through my writing for CPFN as well as on my personal blog. I also plan to be more aware of when I am worrying about mindless things. Those who know me personally know I do this often. We all know what happens when we worry. We are just wasting energy and time knowing nine times out of ten what we are worrying about is not even going to happen. We just get all worked up for nothing. I want to learn to focus that worry elsewhere, looking for something good, and knowing that I will be taken care of.

I want to wish everyone at CPFN a wonderful 2015 full of happiness and blessings! I hope to get to know more people/families involved with CPFN. I hope that we can all help one another be positive in everything in the year to come. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead! I would also like to include a link to one of my posts on my personal blog about positivity. Enjoy! Staying Positive in the Midst of A Storm

Reflecting on 2014, Looking Forward with Hope
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