Too Awesome And Rich By 25.
Every time I post a photo of me in the hospital people I get worried messages as I keep forgetting not everybody knows what’s happening. So let me enlighten you once and for all.
I was diagnosed with Crohn syndrome, sounds better than disease right, at the age of 13. It basically means that your body can’t handle your own awesomeness and this results in a chronic inflammation. For those that want a more detailed/scientific explanation I refer you to the Wikipedia page.
They started a cortisone treatment that turned me into a fat kid for one summer break. That’s probably not the most fun experience to have as a teenager. After a few months I got back to my normal self and I only got stuck with my medication twice a day. At age 19 I got sick again and had a surgery where I had about 1 meter of bowel removed. Seems this doesn’t affect your overall awesomeness.
When I turned 26 I got worse again and they decided to put me on this new and expensive medication. At first I wasn’t really a fan because you have to be in the hospital every two months and once you start the treatment you can’t stop anymore, ever. But I learned to love it. I could stop with all my other medication which I kept forgetting to take. During the treatment you get to relax in some sweet recliners and they have ultra fast wifi!
As it’s a chronic disease I’m most likely stuck with it for the rest of my life. I will always have some level of discomfort/pain it’s only when it interferes with my everyday life that the doctors try to step it up. Recently I learned there is this guy, named Barney Stinson, who discovered the same technique I use to feel better. True story.
I ignore being sick as much as possible and outsourced my worries to doctors and nurses who are doing a great job. It’s just every six weeks that I allow myself to make one sad picture and whine for bit. I noticed girls just instantly want to take care of you, must be a biological reaction. What can I say? That is probably what they call a silver lining.
All the other days I’m happy and awesome.
The biggest influence it had on my life is through something one of my doctors said when I was 13. He said if you don’t start eating your vegetables you’ll never make 30.
As a 13 year old I was not a big fan of vegetables so I decided to plan ahead and make sure I was rich by the time I’d hit 25 this gave me 5 more years just to kick it and enjoy my wealth.
This one sentence, although not true, really was/is my drive to only do that what makes you really happy and never waste time. I promised myself never to use this disease as an excuse to not be awesome. This resulted in the unconventional path I have chosen for myself. Always driven by this feeling that there is not much time left.
When I did turn 25 however I wasn’t able to retire (yet). In this pursuit to be rich by 25 I learned that being rich hasn’t anything to do with money, it’s just a state of mind. If you wake up every day free to decide what, where and with who you want to spend this day, you can call yourself a rich person. In that regard I can call myself blessed and rich.
My takeaways :
- Whenever you are feeling sick stop and start being awesome instead.
- You can only play the cards they dealt you. Don’t start looking for excuses just try to win.
- Being rich is a state of mind.
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