What Nearly Dying Taught Me
A while ago I had a near death experience.
I'd been very sick with the flu and was very congested from it. Then during one evening I had a coughing fit that I couldn't control. The congestion was so intense that it closed up my throat. I was unable to talk and couldn't breathe, so my husband Tyler quickly rushed me to the hospital.
Having asthma, I'm well versed in what it feels like to be unable to breathe. I'd been hospitalized in the past for asthma, but this was different. It was different and FAR more extreme than anything I'd experienced in a LONG time/possibly ever.
The lack of oxygen was intense and found myself fading fast into unconsciousness. Tyler helped me walk down the stairs and get me into the car. As soon as we got to the hospital, I was admitted to the ICU. They put me on oxygen, gave me steroids, adrenaline, and I was hooked up to an IV.
Thankfully after a few hours and some (really) unpleasant throat exams, I was stabilized and could finally breathe unassisted. I am so grateful I didn't have to spend the night in the emergency, and was discharged from the hospital.
Throughout my life, I've had a few instances that were near death experiences, though, I've not had any sort of health scare like that in a number of years.
Now that I'm on the mend and out of the thick of it, I'm find myself so grateful for the experience. It has put everything into perspective for me.
Before this scare had transpired, I was becoming more and more aware of the fact that, I have a string of limiting beliefs and blocks around my world. Beliefs that I knew weren't serving me, that I had been working on breaking through for months, but still had seen playing out in my life.
The next morning I began delve into those limiting beliefs and asked myself a whole string of questions:
Am I living my life the way I want?
Why can I not have everything I dream of and more?
Why do I mentally beat myself to a pulp?
It took nearly dying for it to finally sink in, that all of the blocks I built for myself; around my business, what I'm allowed to experience in my life, and a lot of other foolish stories I told myself about my value and worth, are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE.
How dare I waste my life believing anything other than abundance, and possibility and wealth?
If you are looking to shift limiting beliefs that impact your own life, I highly recommend this free workbook that I created. "You Are What You Believe" will help walk you through exactly how you can break through your old beliefs that no longer serve you.
All of this made me have an even deeper appreciation, gratitude and sense of value around the work that I do.
Had the worst of happened to me, the only thing that my loved ones would have remaining of me are the photographs I exist in.
Without a doubt, the portraits I have invested in are the most valuable possessions that my family and I own. That is true of both now and will only grow more truthful in the future. Portraits only grow in value the more that time passes by.
This sentiment is equally true of the experiences and memories that I offer to each of my clients. Those are not moments that only my clients will cherish. They are moments and experiences that are going to be passed on to those they love for generations to come.
What are your reasons for not having had your portrait taken yet? I can guarantee you that any excuse you have given yourself is not going to be worth it if the worst ever happens and your loved ones don't have anything other than a blurry selfie to remember your by.
No matter who we are, the wealth we possess or the age we are. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
Don't wait until you almost bite the dust to change your beliefs. Don't wait until you've almost kicked the bucket to have your portrait taken. You are so worth it.
I invite you to a free photoshoot consultation with me so that we can create the experience you deserve and the images that will be a part of your legacy for years to come.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your free consultation today. I cannot wait to meet you in person and capture the intrinsic beauty that is You.
- XOXO, Chelsey