quote on luck

13Jul14

Just read this quote from Peter Dinklage (dwarf actor, who is apparently in this Game of Thrones thing that I have yet to see):

“Although I hate that word—’lucky.’ It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes—I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.”

You know… I feel the same way. People tell me I’m lucky with my symptoms, that I’m “lucky” not to experience much. But you know what? Based on my MRI, I caught my MS late in the game (20+ lesions on my brain alone). I was rather unlucky that a previous doctor didn’t do anything about the white spots that someone else saw on my scans, and let it go another 7 years.

I stay healthy through planning. Through exercise and eating well. Through taking care of myself. By staying true to who I am… and knowing when it will truly pay off. Yes, much like Mr. Dinklage, maybe some will still say that I’m “lucky”, but there’s a reason that good things happen to me.

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