What I Learned About Life After Witnessing A Woman Having A Seizure Next To Me

What I Learned About Life After Witnessing A Woman Having A Seizure Next To Me

Never take the people who're about you for granted.


I recently came home from a destination wedding and the sun really dried out my hair. I decided to come in and get my hair fixed when I got back so it would look nice and fresh for the summer. I was reclined in my salon chair with my head in the divet of the sink my hairdresser was washing my hair in when another hairdresser brought a very soft-spoken middle-aged woman to the sink next to me. This woman (let's call her Jill) called out for her friend who was waiting for her outside of the salon. Her friend rushed in with her husband and they urged the hairdresser she had to not call emergency services because she will be alright.

While I was listening to this going on, next to me I kept wondering why they were saying those specific instructions to the hairdresser? Then, Jill closed her eyes and started seizing in the chair next to me. I was shocked while Jill's friend, her friend's husband, and her hairdresser were completely unfazed by this. Jill seized for several minutes until she finally relaxed and came to. Her friend's husband helped Jill out of the chair since Jill could barely move after that seizure. I later learned that her seizures happen all of the time and that out of Jill's 9 other siblings, only 3 of them associate with her anymore, including the woman who I thought was her friend.

After that happened, I sat back while my hairdresser continued to work on my hair and thought about what life would be like in her shoes. Who would stick with me if I was that ill? Who in my life would be there when I needed them the most? I started realizing how many people in my life I could actually call a true friend because being strong enough and being able to love someone else enough to take care of them during the worst takes more courage and love than you can imagine. I can see how a lot of people would run when the going gets tough and I can see how one thing you cannot control can make people run. It takes a true soul to really be there for you through thick and thin.

Nowadays people are so fickle and can care less about one another if it's not benefitting them in the way they want. I think that was the most important lesson I learned after witnessing that. I took a step back and started to think hard and clearly about who in my life has actually stayed with me and who have only been there for the highs and have taken advantage of me during my lows. We take those true friends for granted and never let them know how appreciated they are anymore, so they feel as if they did all of this work for nothing. Think back to the people who have truly supported you no matter what. The people who give you the advice you need and have loved you even when you can't love yourself. Thank them for everything they've done because it takes a lot more courage to stay then it does to leave.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.

Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.


We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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