(Español abajo) Living with limitations is precisely what gives life meaning. Life's meaning derives from the challenges we face -- and taking away *all* challenges just makes life completely uninteresting. -'Explained,' a @Netflix series, ep. 'Can We Live Forever?' *My dear #spoonie and fellow reader: KEEP IT INTERESTING 😎* Photo taken by me during one of my press trips to Koh Nang Yuang, Thailand in the summer of 2015 - the most successful of my freelance digital marketing career! Go WATCH my #KohTao road trip adventure video made by the incredible videography team @CrystalDiveKohTao by visiting: bit.ly/videokohtao . Vivir con limitaciones es precisamente lo que le da significado a la vida. El significado de la vida se deriva de todos los retos que enfrentamos -- y quitar del medio a todos los retos simplemente hace de la vida una muy poco interesante. *Mi querido spoonie y lector: MANTENLA INTERESANTE😎* #motivación #superación . ---------------------------------------------------- ✈️ Going traveling? ¿Vas a viajar? 🌴 Get travel destination inspiration - Obtén inspiración de viajes, destinos 🌏 From dozens of countries RTW / De docenas de países alrededor del mundo 💻 Link in bio o VISITA: LatinAbroad.com ----------------------------------------------------- .
🇺🇲 (Español abajo) How many times we take our FACES for granted? The nose we breathe through; the mouth that allow us to drink/eat; the eyes that allow us see around us; the eyebrows that protect them… . Now imagine your nose, lips, eyebrows wiped out; your eyes distorted & lost sight. . That happened to Katie Stubblefield. A suicidal impulse after she found out her BF cheated made her forget about other things she should be grateful for. Not only did she live the attempt, but she lost most of her face. . After reading the face transplant article in @NatGeo, I was stunned. Not only bc of the advances of science, but also at the ability of humans to be so ungrateful about vital organs that are just as miraculous. . In my chronic pain, I've thought about taking my life—this article reminded me to never do so again. Look in the mirror & say THANKS. Thank u eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips, mouth—I'll never look at u with disdain again, for u allow me to enjoy so many things. Brown spots, under eye bags, tiny wrinkles & all . 🇵🇷¿Cuántas veces pasamos por alto a nuestros ROSTROS? La nariz por la que respiramos; los labios y dientes que nos permiten beber, comer sin hacer un reguero; los ojos que nos permiten ver lo que nos rodea; las cejas que los protegen… . Ahora imagina que tu nariz, labios, cejas desvanecieran; que tus ojos se deformaran y quedaras ciego. . Eso le pasó a Katie Stubblefield. Un impulso suicida luego de descubrir que su novio la engañaba le hizo olvidarse sobre otras cosas por las cuales ella debería estar agradecida. No sólo sobrevivió es impulso, sino también perdió la mayoría de su rostro. . Luego de leer el artículo del trasplante de rostro en Nat Geo, quedé aturdida. No sólo a los avances de la ciencia, sino también a la habilidad de los seres humanos de ser tan malagradecidos sobre las cosas que son tan vitales —y tan milagrosas— en la vida . En mi dolor crónico, he pensado quitarme la vida —pero este artículo me recordó a nunca pensar así de nuevo Mírate en el espejo y di: GRACIAS. Gracias cejas, ojos, nariz, boca —nunca las miraré con desdén de nuevo, ya que me permiten disfrutar tantas cosas. Ojeras, arrugitas y todo💜 PHOTO: @osoikame
🇺🇲 (Español en el primer comentario abajo!) * A stormy, uncertain period of my life -one of euphoric heights & harrowing lows- is what this picture of Mabul, Malaysia reminds me of. . -I didn't know whether I was going to be incapacitated for life, never be able to work full time again -I was going through intense chronic pain flare-ups, still trying to understand what #fibromyalgiasyndrome was about -I had gone from an intense break up & make up -I'd moved from America➡️Asia & experienced culture shock . AND YET: I experienced the most successful summer of my entire digital marketing career then (2015). All org. and EARNED by ME. . I pitched several resorts, tour agencies, food walks, rests., dive shops in an effort to solidify my freelance portfolio in case I was never able to work a 9-to-5 again. I never thought they would respond positively. But, to my surprise, THEY DID. Several of them, in fact! . I completed self-arranged press trips & similar collabs w/ 25 companies across 5 countries in SE Asia. A couple of months earlier, I had also secured press trips w/ beautiful 4-star diving resorts in the muck diving mecca of the world, Lembeh Strait, & world-acclaimed coral diving Bunaken Island in Sulawesi, Indonesia. . I did it all while I was in pain. In excruciating, chronic pain. I took baby steps, spent a little time whenever I felt OK or w/ enough motivation to push myself in front of the laptop w/ my voice recognition software to work on what I love, my blog, & how to make it work as a career. Btw, I'll never be able to use my hands on a computer again --all has to be done with this miraculous software that types & mouse clicks for me. . I don't believe in limitations! I'm so happy I never gave up on myself - & that I didn't shoot for the moon, but rather, for what I thought were GALAXIES far, far away. . I pray that you do the same for yourself today. And always, my dear #fibrofighter, #spoonie, reader. It's not about how many times you fall, but how many times, each & every day, you decide to pick yourself back up instead of staying on the ground, defeated. BE A FIGHTER! GET UP! WE GOT THIS! 💜
Letting go gives us freedom – and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety or possessions – we cannot be free. ― Thích Nhất Hạnh [ READ MORE: bit.ly/freeinbali ] @bloominglotusyoga . Many of you just see a skinny girl in a bikini on some exotic land enjoying the pool of a lavish #Bali #Indonesia villa - but if you look closely, you'll notice tension in my hands, arms, face. Truth is, that in 2015, I was still learning from a debilitating #chronicpain syndrome (#fibromyalgia) that began to attack me and made me lose my job as a translation and marketing manager in 2013. . Truth is, I didn't know who I was, who I could be anymore. Truth is, I was crying every single day, feeling a sense of hopelessness, frustration, loss, and feeling like knives were stabbing me all over my body. At many points, I even wanted to die. Just be freed of this horrible pain. . I didn't see myself as a #fibrofighter yet… Until I finished my first #yogaretreat in a blessed land. [ Read more about my transformational experience on my blog by visiting: bit.ly/freeinbali ]
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