"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes it meaningful." Joshua J Marine
As the minutes tick by, and the end of Day 2 approaches... I feel trapped by some self-imposed pressure. Although it is only the second day of WEGO Health's National Health Blog Post Month, I am already struggling to fulfill my challenge goals. Why am I doing this again? Wasn't April enough? I have chosen to participate and reveal myself in an authentic way. I want the posts this month to be a reflection of who I am as an advocate, activist and citizen journo for the lupus community online. I will strive to accentuate the positive and find the "flair" however today's post is not the one I originally planned to write and I apologize for not having another post ready to go in the event that as it usually does -- "life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."
Everyone has their struggles and life battles, my battle is with lupus and those that seek to silence my voice as a lupus patient, advocate and activist. While I enjoy a fancy celebration as much as the next fashionista, I won't lower my megaphone because it makes you uncomfortable. I had the opportunity to share a little of who I am through the 'Friends of Ricki' Social Media community "Friend of the Week"; it was a chance for me to shine and soar. Despite doing my best to accentuate the positive and focus my perspective on the "flair" ~ today someone tried to knock me down.
Calling into question my methods of sharing and activism... little did they know I had just received email confirmation that my Congresswoman, Representative Karen Bass joined the Congressional Lupus Caucus and supports the lupus community. I am learning (still...) to never doubt that my passion is leading me in the right direction. I know this post isn't filled with pretty pictures of celebrities and purses, or a wonderful impactful quote from an international superstar but this post is filled with honesty and fueled by my passion. It isn't what I originally planned and I am dealing with it as best as I can.
Thank you, gentle reader for your patience and understanding.