We bid 2012 farewell and look back on memories of fun times, achievements we're proud of, the goals we've reached, remember fondly those we've lost, and hope that the coming year will prove to be a better one for us all. Maybe this will be the year of miracles - the year they find a cure for Parkinson's. Now that would make it a very special year! Living life with no regrets has always been part of who I am - and this past year has been an amazing journey for my family and me. Living with Parkinson's is like participating in some sort of endurance test or a course that my name was put down for without prior knowledge. Through life experiences we all grow a little wiser, and these are the principles that I take with me into 2013:
To accept who you are and your circumstances without questioning "why me?"
To gain from an unfortunate experience, to grow and become all you can.
To have respect, empathy and understanding for all those around you.
To respect yourself, and hold your head up high despite any failings.
To treat others how you yourself would want to be treated.
I wish you all a Happy New Year, and let's hope that this coming year will be a happy, healthy and peaceful one for us all. Listen for a moment to a Parkinson's prayer.
Farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013!