Today marks exactly 5 years since the day that changed my life forever. Reflecting on this moment in my life has been quite an experience in itself.
I am constantly asked about my cut. Most of the time it is a question about how I am feeling now and if it bothers me anymore. Sometimes it’s about if I ever think about it still.
The first thing that comes out of my mouth is that I wouldn’t have had it any other way than this. I was at the highest point of my life, having just made the Olympic Team. And then all of a sudden this happens. I had so many questions in my own head after. The biggest one being “Why?”.
It’s cliché to say that everything happens for a reason. And it would probably be absurd to say that this happened for a particular reason. But in my own head, it did.
Often times in life we are tested and put through the ringer, sometimes never making it to the other side. We can look at these moments as a time of trouble, or God willing, we can look at these moments as a means to lift us up even higher than we were before.
Without this experience, I would have never learned myself the way I wanted to. I may sound crazy by saying I am thankful for it, but honestly, I am. It taught me how to live my life to the fullest, enjoy every moment and never look back and question what I did or who I was before.
This was my stepping stone to a higher me.
I’m not saying that you need to go through something like this to be a better you, but, as a wise man once upon a time told me, Fail Harder. Embrace the failures that you are bound to have, because this is the key to making you more susceptible to a greater understanding of yourself.
I thank God for taking me to this point where I can now accept my life as it comes, and make the most out of the short time that I am here.