An anniversary, a quote and a mantra #memoirmoment

The other day was the 6 year anniversary of the accident that caused my coma and severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Usually I try to post upbeat content about how I am moving and writing my way through my brain injury. Unfortunately I haven’t posted in a while because I haven’t felt upbeat and I haven’t been writing much. However, I most certainly am not miserable or wallowing in my pain so I wanted to make sure that I marked this anniversary with a little something. I have decided to mark the occasion by looking to an inspirational quote and use that to come up with a mantra to keep me moving in my progress even during the moments when progress feels stagnant.

I have developed a way of talking to myself post TBI in an encouraging way that is thankfully much different than how I used to talk to myself. Before my TBI I suffered from chronic pain, Fibromyalgia and daily chronic migraines. Because I was still trying to live an independent life full of work and responsibilities I felt like I was constantly letting myself down. I didn’t talk to myself in an encouraging way at all. And I think the negative way I spoke to myself certainly didn’t help my plight (if I only knew then what I know now).

A key difference between pre- and post-TBI Laura is attitude. I am much more positive now. Which brings me to a quote I found by Maya Angelou (see the image below).

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou

I plan to use Maya Angelou’s quote as inspiration for an encouraging mantra that I can recite to myself during times of distress, discomfort, pain, etc. The long version is: I survived. Now I can thrive. The short version is: Now I thrive. I can see this being really helpful and encouraging.

I recently discovered I like to make little videos. So here’s one with my mantra.

A video I created in Canva.

A Selby Sweetie Conclusion

An accidental close up!
Her look here says: “Geeze, another picture!”

One thought on “An anniversary, a quote and a mantra #memoirmoment

  1. Post-TBI Laura is more positive than pre-TBI Laura?? There’s a powerful essay in there for sure! And I love your video. I didn’t know you could make them in Canva. I’ve used iMovie, which is not at all intuitive or user-friendly, IMO. Keep on mantra-ing!

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