A month ago I celebrated my 30th birthday. Let me repeat that. One month ago I celebrated three decades of life; three decades of laughing and crying; three decades of living beyond my potential and achieving my goals. Three decades of fighting through the hard times and celebrating the good times. Three decades of life.
Back to the question about if I had the power to change anything about my life what would it be? Would I want to live free of Cystic Fibrosis? Well, of course I would. Anyone with a chronic illness wants a cure. However, I would not change anything about the first 30 years of my life. Just like everyone else with CF, or anyone else on Earth for that matter, we all have shit we deal with. CF is what I, my family, friends and fiancé deal with. In those three decades I’ve learned a lot; a lot about myself and a lot about life. There have been hardships and hurdles, victories and successes and celebrations and happiness. Each with a lesson. Each with something that has taught me something about myself. To become a better person, friend, brother, son, fiancé, marathon runner, soccer player, and advertising guy. Most importantly, my experiences have given me perspective. A unique perspective and outlook on life. That life is a celebration. That life is not something that should be taken for granted. That the little things often mean the most. That are time spent on this planet is short and we should take full advantage of it. That we should reach for our dreams, goals and ambitions and not settle for anything less. That life is a privilege.
And because of that I would not change one thing about my life. This is the hand I was dealt and there is nothing I can do to change it. It’s treated me well for the first 30 years and I expect nothing but happiness, health and success for the next 30 years.