This post will be a little bit about me, my story and what could have killed me. Instead it saved me for the rest of my life.
So, for most part of my life I´ve been all about hockey. I started skating when I was four years old and I was fortunate to play on for another 22 years.
When I turned 17 I got the opportunity to move to the capital city of hockey. I seized that opportunity and moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue my dream, my passion.
I got to my new team, got to meet all my teammates and coaches, pre-season started and I was flying on the ice, super excited to be where I was. Little did I know that I was about to face the toughest battle of my life. At the end of our first home game of the season, I suffered a severe headache. It turned out to be a brain-aneurysm.
My next three weeks was spent at a hospital, where I had to go through two surgeries with my life at stake.
I was lucky enough to get the best doctor in the world (in my opinion). He saved my life. He made it possible for me to keep on living a 100% healthy life, and for that I am forever grateful. I am grateful that i get to see my brother and sisters grow up pursuing their dreams in life. I am grateful that I get to love my family everyday with all my heart, and I am grateful that I get to experience their love for me.
Over the years I have realized just how precious life is. All you really have is right now. We are not guaranteed anything else but this moment right here, right now. Thats why the most important thing for me is to live life with love and passion. Every moment counts and I want to make the most of the ones I get.
Anyways, after a few months of rehab, with my mind set on getting back to doing what i loved doing the most, which was playing hockey. I finally got clearance from the doctors to get back on the ice, back to pursuing my dream. I kept on playing for nine more years.
At the end of my hockey career, my passion and my love for playing the game had faded away. It was really hard for me to accept at first, but after some time I realized it was time for me to let go. It was time for me to explore other things, pursue other dreams in life. After all, life has so much to offer.
Thats why I wanted to share this story with you. In a way, I'm glad it happened. Its a part of my past and it has shaped me in to what I am today.
Always listen to your heart and make sure you live your life with passion. Don't take life for granted.
Life has its ups and downs. But with a healthy, positive mindset and the love from family and friends, there will always be light in your life.
So take a moment to appreciate all the loved ones in your life. Tell them you love them, give them a kiss, give them a hug, pick up the phone to call them, send them a text, let them know they are loved.
Be the message of love and positivity. Be happy, be grateful, be awesome!
Be the best YOU can be.