Illnesses and Impairments

Illnesses and Impairments

Physical well-being can play a significant role in optimizing our thoughts and actions. When we feel well, we have a tendency to feel empowered in establishing and implementing goals. Yet, when we do not feel well, we may find it challenging to muster up the strength to persevere through life. Physical impairments and illnesses may make us feel depleted, defeated, incomplete, powerless, or hopeless. Yet, rest assured that many people have been victorious in rising above their physical obstacles and attaining their ambitions. A number of artists have been confronted with physical challenges, some of which are difficulties in hearing, seeing, and speaking; hormonal imbalances; perpetuating ailments, such as diabetes, Chron’s Disease, autoimmune disease, and a variety of cancers; various sleeping disorders, such as insomnia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; and missing or malfunctioning body parts. Despite these complications being serious and, in some cases, life-threatening, many artists have still found the inner strength through the songs within themselves and have shared encouragement for overcoming adversity through their artistic works. While some still face constant battles, they have decided to make a difference. The struggle is real; it is a daily decision and, sometimes, a minute-by-minute decision. Yet, struggles do not need to define who we are and what we are capable of achieving. In essence, our diagnosis does not need to become our prognosis; although we all have struggles, we determine how we will let them affect us. Some of the strongest people in life are those who have physical impairments but who, with the willingness to live and the determination to conquer their goals, reign as champions. There have been stories of conquerors with impairments who have not only risen above their obstacles but also achieved feats that many people in the prime of their physical health would not dare attempt, such as some people who are paraplegic climbing the world’s tallest mountains. How do people who battle with health issues become victorious when others find it difficult to accomplish the day’s tasks? The key is often found in how we view our challenges and in our outlook of life. We must determine to set our minds on success and to treat each day as a gift as nobody knows how much time they have on Earth; we must remind ourselves that we are victors; and we must focus on our abilities rather than our disabilities while letting our strengths guide us into the unknown with bravery. Nobody is on Earth by accident; our lives are created to have meaning, and it is our purposes and passions that provide our songs within and give us reasons to hold on during the darkest times. Therefore, we must also stay true to ourselves, no matter what situations we face; we must rise above the pain and the obstacles; and we must remain positive. Even when storm clouds seem to linger, we should remind ourselves that the fact that we woke up this morning with breath in our lungs can be our motivator to achieve our ambitions. Many artists are remarkable examples of people who have faced struggles but have held on to their passion despite their pain because they have discovered who they are meant to be and what they are meant to do. They inspire us by sharing their stories so that we can have the encouragement to shine, share our stories, and inspire others. We can use our hardships to not only strengthen ourselves but also to strengthen others, and music can help because it is relatable; can change our attitudes, thoughts, and feelings; and provides us support. When we realize that we are not alone but that other people have faced similar challenges and have been able to live each day to the fullest, we can achieve hope in knowing that our obstacles do not control us.

Find a sun’s ray in every drop of rain. Overcome your obstacles; find comfort through the pain.
There’s joy in the journey for those who hold their head high. Make the most of each moment and learn to fly.

Rise Above Your Struggles By…
Strengthening yourself through your obstacles
Trusting that you can be victorious
Recognizing that you have abilities and purpose
Understanding that while the situations may seem defeating they do not dictate your future
Growing through your experiences
Giving the best of yourself in all that you do despite the situations that you encounter
Laying the foundation for others to follow and being an inspirational example
Encouraging yourself and others that everything is going to be alright
Sharing your inner song by being yourself

We may not always understand why;
We may want to give up, scream, or cry.
Yet, life is a gift meant to be lived,
And the way we embrace each moment is our chance to give.
So, find the good in all things, at all times, come what may,
‘Cause you aren’t promised tomorrow or even today.
Live each minute to the fullest; treat each moment like the last.
Hold on to the present; forget about mistakes of the past.
Look forward to the journey; live as you dream.
Overcome your obstacles; turn your clouds into rays of gleam.