Thursday, June 7, 2012

The new me

The old me never would have donated blood.

The old me would just throw those March if Dimes donation letters in the trash.

The old me would get so angry about traffic, long lines, or flight delays.

The old me would say I'm praying for a sick person but not actually do it.

The old me would live each day lazily, not thinking about what could be done to help others.

The old me would take for granted all the good things in her life.

But I'm not that person anymore. I couldn't be if I wanted to. The minute I had Corbin, my life changed. Forever.

The new me tries to do something good for someone else as often as possible.

The new me donates to charity and good causes as much as I can afford.

The new me doesn't stress over long lines or flight delays. I know everything happens for a reason and I try to make the best of it. Every day is an adventure.

The new me realizes now how incredibly important donating blood and organs is. You CAN save a life, multiple lives, by one selfless donation.

The new me thanks God every day for my healthy two year old and the achievements he makes every day.

The new me cries when seeing posts about sick children and prays through those tears that they make it through.

You see, now that I know what I know about pulse ox, heart defects, newborn screening, and how often children die, I can never look at life the same way again. I can never go back to how I was. I can never have the old way of thinking that I had. I know too much and I cannot keep that to myself. I have to share that knowledge with the world!

Corbin lived a short life, yes, but it was full of meaning! It had a purpose. My son did not die in vain. My son has already made a huge difference in my life, my family's life, and in the lives of others who never met him. My son is an inspiration.

The new me sees that. The new me is not ignoring the call, the call to educate and inspire others to make a difference. The new me has passion and a purpose in life, all because of Corbin and his short three months on Earth.

The new me is thankful.