The question I’m answering today? What have I done that I’ve been particularly proud of?
Over the past few years, I’ve accomplished some major things that I’m very proud of. But what I’m most proud of might surprise you.
102 miles in a single day.
celebrated 35-years of living well with type 1 diabetes.
I’m very proud of every one of these things. But most proud? No. What I’m most proud of is…
Fighting the little fights
What I’m most proud of is fighting the little fights that make up these big accomplishments.
The little runs that built up to running an 8k and then a half-marathon. The little rides that built up to riding 102 miles. The day-by-day grind that built up to a week with diabetes, then a month, then a year, then a decade, then three decades.
I’m most proud of pushing forward a little bit each day.
I’m most proud of not giving up when that would be the easy thing to do, and when nobody is watching.
I’m most proud of the hard work I do every day.
I’m most proud of working hard even when I’m scared, afraid, and uncertain.
I’m most proud of fighting the little fights.
This is part of Diabetes Blog Week, where a standard set of prompts encourages a ton of really great blog posts from around the community. Here’s today’s prompt: “In the UK, there was a diabetes blog theme of “I can…” that participants found wonderfully empowering. So let’s kick things off this year by looking at the positive side of our lives with diabetes. What have you or your loved one accomplished, despite having diabetes, that you weren’t sure you could? Or what have you done that you’ve been particularly proud of? Or what good thing has diabetes brought into your life? (Thank you to the anonymous person who submitted this topic suggestion.)”