My mother has had cancer four times over the last 40 years. Her first was skin cancer, and the resulting surgery that saved her life caused her leg to swell to double normal size and stay that way for good. 15 years later her leg required major surgery, that gave her more mobility but also caused huge scarring and left her in the hospital for almost six weeks.
Through all the surgeries, and return of cancer, my mother didn’t complain, or cry about what she was going through. She gave my siblings and me an amazing upbringing, never letting any of her health issues impact us.
My mom has a saying. She told us as kids, “You can be a victim or you can choose to not be a victim. It’s up to you.”
I tell my kids this saying all the time when things get hard or they are upset. It’s not about tough love. It’s telling them they control how they feel and what they do in life, and that no one can dictate to them or make them feel anything they don’t want to.
I think often of what my mother told me when things get hard. From divorce, to my best friend dying, to fitness, her words ring true every time. When I’m in the middle of a hard workout I think of her words, and I keep going.
Everything in life is a choice. From your attitude, to how you deal with problems, to how you exercise… you choose to make life whatever you want it to be.
You can be a victim or you can choose to not be a victim, It’s up to you.
Devin Sherrington was named #2 trainer in Canada 2015, is 8 time Best Personal Fitness Trainer Halifax award winner, and owner the award winning fitness studio 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletcher’s Lake, Nova Scotia with his children Reign and Journey.