"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
I just finished reading "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor who recently passed away due to pancreatic cancer. The book was great, and I understand that watching his hour-long lecture (which can be viewed here on youtube) is even better.
There were many wonderfully poignant passages in the book, as well as some great quotes, but the one I mentioned above is my favorite. Now that I've lived through some of my most challenging trials with Lupus, I can clearly see that I'm a stronger, more mature person because of them. However, when I was struggling to find my way, I wasn't quite sure WHAT the point of it all was. Why did I have to sacrifice so much, and why was I being forced to make decisions that I didn't want to make? This quote helps me to remember that it was experience that I was gaining...and thankfully, I'm now able to share that experience with the rest of the world.
Check out the book on Amazon - see the link at the side of my site under "Lupus Literature."