Today is my anniversary. No, not the one you're thinking of. On this day 17 years ago my life changed after a major accident. Today I will celebrate. Today I will live. Today I will stop looking behind me at yesterdays I don't want to remember and look ahead at the empty canvas ahead of me waiting for more memories to be painted upon it. Today I will have a heart full of gratitude for my life prior to this day all those years ago, and even more so for my life after that day because today I know how valuable the lessons I have learned are. Today I will cherish every minute of the sunlight. I will live this day with no regrets and fill it with time spent just the way I want. Today I will look at more simple things and know that this life is a gift. It is fragile, and it's much too short to wait for what might be. Today I will keep dreaming and I will do what it takes to make them come true. I will have the courage to do what is right and to share who I am with others because it's part of this gift. Today I will remember how I felt when I thought there wouldn't be a tomorrow and I will smile because this knowledge will help me to more thoroughly enjoy today. Today I will decide to keep my chin up and my head held high because I've come a long way in so many aspects of my life. Today I will hug each of my children and tell them how much I love them because there was a time when I didn't think I would ever have the opportunity to be a mother. Today I will show them my appreciation for who they are and for the joy they have brought to my life because they really do make the world turn around for me. Today I will hold JM's hand and I will let my best friend know how much he means to me because I realize that you never know when there might not be another opportunity. Today I will live and I will love it because life is good even when it's hard. Today I will push heartaches aside and continue becoming who I was meant to be. Today I will cherish the footprint of every person who has stepped in the pathway of my life because I have learned something from every single one of them. Today nothing will stand in my way of happiness because I am truly grateful for this good life, and I am even more grateful for the images that remind me of how good it is. It really just doesn't get much better than this.