The Blessing of Being Cursed

Sometimes, life is very unfair. Some people seem to have all the luck, while others just get hurdle after hurdle in life’s rat race.

“If only I wasn’t so awkward…”

“If only I had a better job…”

“If only my car would just stop breaking down…”

“It would rain today…”

“Why can’t this person just…”

It never really ends, does it? I’ve had my fair share of downs, and I have my share of ups. I can’t even explain how exciting and wonderful this is, and mostly because of what I have had to overcome to get to this point.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A vet? An Olympic athlete? An astronaut? I wanted to be a writer.

Like most, I lost that vision along the way. In fact, I had no idea what I really wanted to do with my life for a long time. I went through several college majors, I was even kicked out of one of them thanks to my having Tourette Syndrome.

Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes me to make noises and motions that I can’t control. I literally cannot control my own body, and that’s a terrifying feeling. Especially when there is no cure, just ways to placate the symptoms.

Having Tourette Syndrome may seem like a small thing, but it can be overwhelming with it’s impact. It can be embarrassing, it can be painful, and it can put you in prejudice’s way, just to name a few. I know several who have considered this a curse. And with no cure, and you always deal with the above.

Can I tell you a secret? I’m kind of a fan of having it.

It’s not always the greatest thing to have around, I do not deny that it’s hard. I’m not even going to mention doctor bills. But I have grown and become so much more thanks to it.

I may not always have control over what I do or what I say, and there are days I feel helpless. That does not mean I do not have control over my life.

Tourette’s is why I even have anything to write about. I learn more about pushing forward and personal growth. I get to meet more people and start up random conversations. The experiences I have had thanks to my Tourette Syndrome have been my greatest asset. It even helped me to write a book.

While I talk a lot about my Tourette Syndrome in my book, the principles can apply to anything people may hide and be embarrassed about. Awkwardly Strong: From Insecure to Inspirational may be a short read, but these ideas have been invaluable in turning shame into what makes me shine.

At least that’s what others tell me. I’m pretty sure I’m still human and do not glow on a regular basis.

What a blessing that this “curse” has allowed me to live out my childhood dream of writing a book and constantly provides me with new material. While Tourette Syndrome may be awkward, it has also made me strong.

It has shown me just how much control I really have.

Things may go wrong, but you can take control of your life, too.

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