What does it mean to live by the mantra “never give up”? I talk about the mantra I live by in the third step of my book, “Dance Because You Can”. The truth is, life is all about resilience, it is about walking your own path and recognizing when we need to make a turn in the road, to move forward instead of falling down and giving up.
There has been no lack of roadblocks and hairpin turns in my life.
From childhood diabetes to being legally blind, to survive being run over by a New York City bus, it is true I never gave up.
To be honest, when I was younger, giving up wasn’t even an option. I never even considered it. Maybe it’s because I was young and naïve about how huge my life’s obstacles were.
I just didn’t know any better, it was my life and although it wasn’t easy, it was all I knew so I just kept moving forward. I adapted my dreams and goals to accommodate the ever-changing new normal, in whatever way it kept showing up for me.
When I couldn’t drive anymore, I became very adept at using public transportation, therefore the fact that I couldn’t drive was no longer an obstacle. When I wanted to be a rock star but realized my vocals weren’t great, I changed directions and focused on dance. I have always been good at changing the direction of the path in my life. I am not a victim of my circumstances.
I am not saying there weren’t times that had my own pity party. Sometimes I just wanted to give up, to be put out of the misery
I was living.
I kept fighting though, I kept moving forward and I never gave up. No matter how near to homelessness, how hungry, how scared….giving up just wasn’t an option.
“I take insulin shots every day. I am not a professional dancer on Broadway. I am legally blind and can no longer drive. I have a rebuilt leg and new skin worth a few million dollars. I went through a five-year lawsuit and I am not married to the man of my dreams, but I am still here. I am still leaving my mark on the world, making meaningful connections, and working hard to create value.”
From ‘Dance Because You Can,’ where I outline a 5 Step formula that Transforms Trauma into Triumph. Never Give Up is step three of the five-step formula.
Always remember, You are WINNING!