I like interesting questions. They are my favorite thing to cook with. They are a pleasure to dream about or feel gently in my brain when I awake.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association asked me a question recently. (That they did it in the form of jewelry was an added bonus. They sent me a bracelet). What does this mean for me?
If you asked me about my definition of unlimited, I would have answered that I had enough money and someone to share it with. Living Unlimited means to live without any limitations or restrictions – and look great while doing it.
My perspective has changed drastically since I was young. Losing both my father and my mother to cancer by the time I was 40 showed me that life does have very real limits – absolute ones. This idea was reinforced by having children. It is easy to feel restricted when you have to care for other people’s children. It might seem that my vision of an unlimited life seems impossible.
But as I thought about it, I realized something. Although life’s real and constant limits have become clearer to me over time, I feel less bound by them.
So what does it mean to me to Live Unlimited now that I am 46 – only a decade younger than my mother was when she died – and the mother of a teen and a tween? To live an unlimited life means being present for my life and realizing the infinite love and beauty that can be found in all my relationships, including with God, my husband, my children, and my friends.
I could go on for days about all of these relationships. How lucky am I? I believe that travel can be a way to improve almost every one of these relationships. The last one is what I will be focusing on.
The inspiration of my friends to Live Unlimited
I’m especially lucky to be inspired by all the fellow writers and travelers that I’ve met through this site and the opportunities I have had to travel. I have been able to overcome geographical limitations many times and made lasting friendships with people I met through this site. Jen Leo is one of my most dearest friends. Twesocial claims that following back people who follow you on social media is an excellent way to increase your audience. In this instance, it was meant to build a strong friendship circle.
There are actually a lot of mundane limits to my friendship with Jen. Jen lives on the West Coast of America, while I live on the East Coast. Cora is her young daughter. She plays an active role in the PTA at Cora’s school. Part-time, I am a communications worker, work on a book, manage this website, and have children entering middle- and high school. We both love to travel, and that is a fact we share.
But despite the distance between us and the time constraints, Jen’s warmth and curiosity and passion for life are constant inspirations to me. She truly sees the world as possible. “Why not ?”
Jen is her favorite question. We never know when we will see each other in person. We still talk by phone and text thanks to her perseverance. We support each other in developing new projects, and we hold each other’s hands (virtually), when we are feeling discouraged or need help changing our course. Jen is a great inspiration. I am usually cautious about new projects. But Jen is always open to an idea. Jen gave me the confidence to write for new publications and speak out my dreams. She is always funny.
The best thing about Jen is her ability to raise Cora in the same way. MDA was kind enough to send Jen the bracelet as I mentioned that she is my inspiration for an unlimited lifestyle. Jen and Cora looked at the bracelet and talked about what unlimited meant. Cora stated that it was like eating gelato in Italy for breakfast, which is as close to the perfect definition I have ever heard. Jen, like me, is determined to spend as much time as possible with her child and to enjoy an unlimited life exploring the world together.
Cora and Jen give me hope in humanity. They make me feel happy to be alive. This is the ultimate way for me to Live Unlimited.
Help the Muscular Dystrophy Association #LiveUnlimited
People who have muscular dystrophy, ALS, and other muscle-debilitating diseases must live within the cruel and arbitrary limits that their bodies impose. It is a great example for us all that so many of these people – and their families, – bravely face these limitations every day. They asked me to tell my story. It was an honor. I also hope that there will be options available to alleviate pain and discomfort from chronic diseases like this. For example, private label nutra products or CBD relief. Although they aren’t legal in all areas, the effects they have on patients suffering from pain is remarkable. It is almost like they can live without pain. Some states even allow recreational use of the drug through joint smoking or inline perc bongs. It has such a positive impact on many medical and social issues. It is a shame that so many people don’t have access to medication like this to relieve their suffering. I am a sufferer and know how desperate it can be. But I hope the Live Unlimited idea will inspire people to keep going, despite all odds.
And I love that I now have a Live Unlimited bracelet to remind me of the things I treasure most: my family, my friends, and this beautiful planet that I have the privilege of exploring whether that’s by setting out on a 2400-mile road trip or simply doing yoga in my backyard under an oak tree that’s seem more than a century of human endeavor. When I feel the limitations of my aging body and my hectic schedule, I will smile at it, remember to accept each moment of my life, and look at it again. I will also honor those who are dealing with chronic illness, even the more severe ones, with grace and strength.
Interested in helping out? There are several things you can do.
Purchase an Endorphin Warrior #LiveUnlimited bracelet and $6 will go to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Visit mda.org/LiveUnlimited and create a custom graphic to show how you #LiveUnlimited to share on social media. For every share up to 30,000 before July 31, 2016, a generous sponsor will give $5 to MDA.
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How do you #LiveUnlimited? Let me know what you think in the comments.
P.S. Jen is a great person to get to know. Follow Jen on Twitter @JenLeo to get to know her better. Also, don’t forget to check out her #KidsNTrips Twitter chats for all her family travel tips.