The Unexpected Five Year Plan
Five years ago, today (November 29th, 2012), my life changed. I was working in an industry that I really liked, enjoying life and had some sort of direction, up until I had my stroke
Five years ago, I really did not have a long-term plan for my life, I just took it day by day. Then all of a sudden I had my stroke. One would think it set me back and brought my life to a halt, but in all honesty, life had just begun.
Losing everything was a way to start all over again, build from the bottom up and make different life choices. Everything I had experienced prior to the stroke were life lessons and memories that helped me get through the tough times. As I reflected on my past, I realized there is nothing to regret because everything that I did made me happy, so I had that in my mind as I moved forward.
I am not much of a planner but starting this blog has forced me to think and reflect about my life and what I want to do. I have come to realize the value of time. You can never make more time, but you can always make more money. Keeping that in mind post stroke, I started to make decisions and set goals to make up for the lost time.
Prior to the stroke, I was looking to grow in the industry I was working in at that time. Luckily for me I ended up back in the same industry four years after my stroke. Six months after returning to work, I took a totally different role from what I would have taken prior to the stroke. With this new career path unfolding, I have set some short term and long term goals.
For the past five years, I have been starting to get my life back on track, conquering fears from my setbacks and overcoming obstacles thrown my way. Recovery is an ongoing journey, but I have found ways to adapt and move forward with the help of my family and friends. The goal is not to go back to what I was five years ago, but to be better than what I could have been. I plan on coming out on top of this recovery.