Having multiple sclerosis for the past 25 years has helped me become a better version of myself. Before I was diagnosed, I was an over-achieving, stressed out perfectionist. I wanted straight A’s in school, and I wanted to fit in with everyone.
When I look back on the old me, I sometimes get frustrated because I stressed about everything, which I’m sure compromised my nervous system. I just couldn’t seem to love my own unique self; I always wanted to fit in and be like everyone else...
After 25 years with multiple sclerosis, I have re-defined MS as Moronic Situation, Modified Swagger, Magnificent Strength and Motivational Spitfire.
I got these various new perspectives on MS, but it didn’t happen overnight...
A few weeks ago, I went to a class called “Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth – A Personal Growth Workshop” held at Happier Valley Comedy in Hadley, MA by Pam Victor, and it empowered me to unleash my potential and stop holding myself back. Three hours at this workshop learning improvisation fundamentals has changed my perspective on life and MS.
When we first got to the class, we were asked to choose an intention card, and I chose one that said, “Take risks.” I was taking this class because I wanted to challenge myself and to live outside of the safety bubble I had created. After we all introduced ourselves and stated our intentions, we split up into pairs and played our first improvisation game called 1, 2, 3. All we had to do was take turns saying 1, 2 and 3 and if either one of us messed up at all, we both had to raise our arms in the air and shout, “Yay!”..