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Almost thirty years ago, I was diagnosed with epilepsy and I watched as people around me began predicting my life based on the information they found. This made me determined to never say, “I’m epileptic.” because I felt I’d only be known for my medical condition. There was no avoiding what I had, and I did my best to not be labeled. I explained to everyone that I had ‘epileptic’ seizures and openly explained in detail when asked. It was my desire, as an adolescent, to discover who I was meant to be, and I didn’t want focus on any label attached to me. I admit that statistics and knowledge are useful, life taught me to use them as guidance, instead of fact, to discover where I’m meant to be in the moment.

Without focus on medical conditions, I’m free to explore what I want and use the information around me to decide on a path I’m willing to take. Without a label that can be shared by many others, I’m liberated to see myself, think of myself and listen to my heart when others are involved. When I need help from others, I consider them as options and concentrate to hear my inner voice before I proceed.

There are various challenges in the world faced by many and answers are found within, even after the bulk of knowledge found in the world. To be who you’re meant to be, explore all options, connect with yourself and decide on your own where you’d like to be. Stick out like a thorn, if you must; it is your person that you’re getting to know and trust.