For the past four months my job has been working for a 85 year old man who suffered from a stroke. He needs people to come help him throughout the day with walking, cooking, cleaning, running errands, etc.
I work for Gus five days a week from nine in the morning to seven in the evening. One of the many things I do for Gus is take him to his doctor appointments which leads me to my story:
Gus and I were sitting in the waiting room at Mercy hospital for his regular check-up. As each patient walked in, I noticed that they were all older people (no offense intended).
I leaned over and quietly asked him if this office was specifically for older people, and his response was, "Yes, we're the survivors".
When he answered with that response, I chuckled knowing his dry-humor.
Not thirty minutes later as we are trekked out to the car, he fell on the pavement and cut his elbow. I had to have help getting him up and into the car. Luckily, he had no major injuries, but he still fell, and needed help.
Isn't it crazy that as we go throughout our days we see all the bad things that we're going through and completely forget that we're survivors?
Most of us have gone through things like: loss, illness, depression, heart break, lack of money and more. We've all survived bad things, and therefore, we're survivors.
I'm going to be cheesy real quick and quote the Kelly Clarkson song. She sings: "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
How incredibly accurate is that?
Gus survived a stroke. Has a rough time walking. Needs someone at home with him everyday. And he can't walk without a walker. Yet he is a survivor.
How powerful would it be if we went through life saying, "Yes, I did go through all of that but I'm a survivor."
"Yes, I fell down and it hurt. But I got back up and moved forward. I survived. I overcame."
Even better, what would it be like if we all said it as a church, or even all Christians, saying, "Yes. We endured all of these things but we are the survivors."
My hat goes off to Gus, myself, and everyone I come across every day. Even if you're reading this and you're an atheist or believe differently than I do, you're a survivor of something.
Wake up in the morning ready to tackle the world instead of letting the world tackle you, and knowing that you survived.
Survivors carry themselves with confidence and appreciation, so let's step into that. And if we happen to fall, let someone help you back up. Then, we become survivors together.
Kerrigan is an eighteen year old who is about to begin her sophomore year at the University of Central Oklahoma. She enjoys writing, playing soccer and watching movies. Kerrigan is involved in college ministry and is passionate about God.