Soif de Vivre is a French saying that means “Lust for Life.” This wonderful saying embodies my daily approach to life. I do my best to stay in the moment and embrace what each day brings – both the good and not so good. I include the “not so good” because there are lessons to be learned from even the most difficult times. Life is not perfect and neither are we. Challenges in life are inevitable. How we respond to those challenges is what is critical.
I learned this the hard way during my prolonged refusal to accept the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. I was desperately holding onto the person I was pre-Parkinson’s and in the process I was making each day more miserable than the prior day. Once I let go, (it only took five years – I’m a little stubborn), I found relief and happiness that I thought was forever gone. I began to embrace what life had to offer.
Little did I know that four years later my new outlook would be further tested when we came so close to losing our son, who was only nine years old at the time. In short, while vacationing in NYC he went into respiratory failure and spent six days in the PICU – three on a ventilator and sedated. By the grace of God, he is alive and well and living each day to the fullest. This incident brought our already close-knit family even closer.
“Lust for Life” is a good description for how we approach each day now. We take nothing for granted – there’s simply not enough time to take for granted. We do a lot of family activities together – even photo shoots. My husband is the photographer and my son comes along and entertains me. My little boy is usually acting silly to make me laugh, which takes my mind off the Parkinson’s symptoms that often make it challenging to pose for a shoot.
This fashionable and inspirational “Soif de Vivre” flowy tank is from She Emerges. The brand, She Emerges, “is a movement designed to inspire every woman to confidently do the things she loves, challenge her mind and body, and show the world the strength she harnesses from within while embracing each moment like there’s no tomorrow.” You can read more about the brand here. Head over to the website to check out more of She Emerges inspirational fashion designs. The versatile designs look great in and out of the gym. So go ahead and get yourself a good, quality, inspirational shirt and show the world your confidence!
A special thank you to She Emerges for sending me this lovely shirt to share with my readers. Go live confidently, my beautiful friends.