Know those days when you stub your toe or someone rubs you the wrong way and everything goes downhill? What if one day you went to the doctor and found out that you had Eosinophilic Esophagitis (similar to Crohn's disease) - AKA trouble eating and breathing and a severe pain in your lungs. Eventually leading to a point where it takes your life.
Recently, I found a heartwarming Facebook Page called The People Who Inspire Humanity. The person behind the page continues to stay anonymous for the safety of their family, but also out of the goodness of their heart. Bringing even more meaning to highlighting people doing great things in this world and helping others without being recognized (rare to find today).
While I help others reinvent their life to find meaning, The People Who Inspire Humanity continues to do make an impact on this world while in a condition far beyond what many of us are used to, the jaw dropping question - How? How does one continue to help others or begin kicking ass even when life serves up a BIG BOX of nasty or adds a GIANT hill to one’s life. Here’s what The People Who Inspire Humanity had to say...
First, what brought about The People Who Inspire Humanity?
I would be happy to tell you my story, if it can help inspire others. I do keep my identity anonymous for a couple reasons; one, is for the safety of myself and my family, And two; I like the idea of not getting attention for being kind and charitable, it makes it more meaningful to me.
It is a bit of a long story as to why I made this page and decided to do what I am doing. I have a disease that causes me times of extreme pain. It's called eosinophilic esophagitis; It's kind of like Crohn's disease but for the esophagus. I have been fighting it for about 4-5 years now. But, despite of it, I am able to wear a smile everyday and I am truly one of the happiest people you will ever meet. I have never let it bring me down.
Where do you feel you get all that strength from?
My little brother has a very rare bone disease that causes him to grow extra bones all over his body, he has been through 26 major reconstructive bone surgeries since he was about 4 years old. I've watched him go through all of this and I've been his support since day one. He is also one of the happiest people in the world and he has never let his disease be a burden and has always remained positive. Being so close to him all my life and watching this, when I was hit with my disease, it seemed like nothing compared to what he has gone through and continues to go through. Both his and my diseases will eventually be what takes our lives from us. We both know and understand this. But there is still no reason to be down, everything around us is so wonderful, it's impossible to feel sad when there is so much greatness around you.
Do you feel that you’ve become comfortable with the idea of death? I feel like that’s what holds so many people back. Fear in general. What are your thoughts on that?
Death is something we all share. We all eat, breathe, drink, smile, cry, love, etc. Though we do these things in our own unique way, they are the things we share. We do not fear these things, why fear death? The reason we choose to fear this thing we will do, the reason it drives us to avoid it, is because it's the very last thing we get to do. It is our last act on this earth and that causes us to regret the things we did not do, because we know we will no longer have the chance. What gives me comfort and stays this fear is my lack of regret. I never regret, nothing I've done can be undone and not everything I wish to do can be done. People say that you will regret if you do not live life to the fullest, but how can you not? Every person that has ever walked this earth has battled with demons, felt overwhelming joy from an outstanding moment, loved, cried, smiled, bleed etc.
We have all lived life to the fullest; it is not what we have done that makes this so, it is our ability to perceive the value of our journey.
What keeps you going?
All you have to do is look around and you will be overwhelmed by all the great things going on in this world. I have the perfect life, it really couldn't be better. I have the most positive and inspiring outlook on life, I just had to share it with people, in hopes that I could show them others who do the same. We all have our struggles, some more than others; but that doesn't mean we can't be happy. When I started this page, I just wanted to share stories of people that have overcome these things like my brother and I have. So they can be inspired to feel the same when things they don't understand, happen to them. Along with that, I wanted to inspire people to know compassion and empathy for those in need. There are people that need and deserve a helping hand, and if I can inspire people to get out there and use their gift of life to help create a better life for others, I can't see a reason why I shouldn't.
Do you feel that you’ve achieved what you set out to do?
I was not expecting to get the reaction on this page that I have. More than 70K likes in just a few weeks is just mind blowing. My goal was to inspire people through stories and now my goal has grown. I have had the opportunity, since I made this page, to help 2 children get sponsored by an organization for their charity runs, I have even helped one family get an organization to fund their child's medical bills. I had no idea that I could have this kind of opportunities through this page. And now that I know it's possible, my goal is now also to continue this pattern and use my networking skills to help as many as I can.
That’s amazing! Where do you see this going? I’d imagine it’s hard to tell especially after only a few weeks.
I'm not completely sure where this will take me, but I am enjoying the journey, every step of the way. The media is full of hate and sadness, I hope to make this large enough to be able to give everyone an alternative place to view the on-goings in our world. The things that SHOULD be making news never do, the real heroes go unnoticed. I am confident that if I try hard enough I can change that, or at least make a place for people to see the other side of the world, something that shows them hope.
It’s so special how you’re able to throw in some color to a world that’s often riddled with only black and white. As we part, if you could provide three insights or action steps to help others, what would they be?
The three things I believe will help you be good and help you to continue this path of giving:
1. Trust: Never underestimate the power of those around to give their hand, if not their life, to others in a time of great need. That is what stops most from doing good for others, they don't believe others would do the same for them. This is not true and to see the truth in this is remove all bias and remove the doubt that would stay your hand when others would need it most.
2. Inner-emotional perception: You have the power to control how you feel. You cannot always control what happens to you, but you can control how it affects you. This comes from perception, you can choose to see the good from any bad situation and remain positive and even, joyous. This will not only give you strength throughout life's ups and downs, it will give those around you the positive energy they need to help guide their own personal "inner-emotional perception".
3. Forgiveness: This is the one true key to happiness. The things in life that bring you down, only do so because of the emotions you receive within when they come to pass. People make mistakes, we ALL make mistakes and no one is even close to being perfect. Being empathetic will give you the ability to forgive and if you can forgive, you will be happy. Forgiveness removes emotions that eat away your happiness, removing these emotions is vital to your happiness. Forgiving those that hurt you and forgiving yourself for decisions you make will remove all of these horrible and unnecessary emotions that plague your heart. Forgive and be happy :)