Thankful Breath

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Thankful Breath
Through this story, the author portrays what everyone goes through in life; life is like a hail of arrows (impact of the giant diving bell) that you continuously maneuver through with an open mind (mind takes flight like a butterfly). This story is about a person going through “locked-in syndrome” which is paralysis from head to toe after resuscitation from a brain stem accident and despite all of that, they are still able to see the brighter side in life. Day in and day out, people look for the easiest possible way out. Choosing wants over needs, a person’s poverty becomes another person’s luxury.
On the eight of December, “I was brutally introduced to the importance of the brain stem when a cerebrovascular accident took my brain stem out of action.” You are able to survive, but you survive with a symptom known as “locked-in syndrome”. The inability to move, your own mind imprisoned within yourself, doesn’t that sound familiar? The feeling of paranoia and anxiety seeping through your heart with every beat as your life takes a wrong turn. Your feelings constricted, the exact way your soul is when deciding to listen your heart or your head. There are times when listening to your head will suffice when compared to what’s being said in your heart. Persistence comes to mind; your “diving bell becomes less oppressive, and your mind takes flight like a butterfly.” You are what you eat; the same mentality is embedded in life. You are what you experience and experience builds character. Take a look at everyone who has succeeded in life, would they be where they are at if they simply chose to give up?
“I myself had twenty days of deep coma […] before I truly appreciated the extent of the damage.” Without ups and downs, your life would be like a broken ECG machine. There wouldn’t be any signs of improvement as time passes by. The author is in agony, but it…...

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