By: Daniella Aryeh, Guest Blogger
On a hot July day after my freshman year of high school, I was sitting with a friend who told me her older sister just returned from a teen tour to Europe and Israel. Many of my friends were thinking of going on different trips to Israel the following summer, but when I heard about this trip that included Europe, I was hooked. I love to travel and wanted to see as many places and cultures that I could.
That night I called my friend’s sister, who said, “Dan, just go on this trip. I’m telling you, you’ll love it.” I’ve known this girl since I was six years old, so I trusted her opinion.
After doing some research on this trip, I pitched the idea to my parents. They knew how much I love to travel, and this sounded like an amazing opportunity, so they agreed to let me go on this trip. I was ecstatic.
It didn’t matter that none of my friends from high school weren’t going on the trip with me. It was a teen tour, so I knew I would meet new people my age. I could not wait!
At the end of September my world came crashing down. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes.
WHAT? What is that? I’ve seen commercials on television about this thing, but I didn’t really know what that was. How is that even happen to me? Diabetes doesn’t run in my family. I’m pretty healthy! I don’t know anyone with diabetes. This is so bizarre!
On my way to the hospital, where I stayed for three days, it occurred to me: EUROPE! I must still go! Will the doctors let me travel in Europe for a month?? They better. Because it’s a dream of mine to travel, and this could not stop me. I wont let it. If my doctors say I can go, I’m going.
I told my parents in the hospital that I was still going on this tour, and they said, “we’ll see.” I knew I had to prove to them I could handle this on my own. I mean, I’m the oldest of five, so I should be the responsible one, right? I could handle so much. Surely I could handle this. When the doctor told me I was able to travel with diabetes, I was set. I was determined to go.
And you know what? I did. Eight months later I went to Europe and Israel. And it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. I did not let something that scared me stop me from living my life. Why? Because it was a dream of mine to travel. I had a mindset of “nothing can stop me from living my dreams.”
You will always have obstacles that may seem to stop you from living you dreams. But if you want something bad enough, you will find a way to live your dream. You can’t let an obstacle stop you from living your life. Those obstacles just come to show you you’re your made of and to determine how badly you want something.
Yes, I have a health condition and need to take care of myself. But it doesn’t mean I can’t do what I love. If you make excuses and let your obstacles stop you from doing something, realize that you may not have wanted it bad enough. But if you do want something badly, make sure you find a way to make it happen. Your dreams are worth it.
Jumping those hurdles, that's part of life.
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I am in the process of completing my master’s degree in speech-language pathology. I love traveling, meeting new people, hanging on the beach, and will read anything I can get my hands on. I am obsessed with country music, and I am constantly quoting Friends and One Tree Hill.
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