I don't want to say my story is tragic because I feel like it has made me who I am. What I have been through has made me the strongest I have ever been, and it just feels odd to say I am a better person because of my tragedy.
My mother passed away on May 20th 2007. I was 15. She died of cancer in the lungs. When you're 15, you don't think,“oh mom could die tomorrow.” I was more worried about my friends and what I was going to be doing that night.
And then we got that middle of the night phone call because she was at the hospital. I am now 23, and the past 7 years and even before that, I have been struggling with depression and confidence issues. I was never good enough for anything or anyone. I also have some anger issues that I have been dealing with, which causes stress and high blood pressure.
I have recently found the gym I go to offer dance-inspired classes and yoga classes everyday, and I have never felt more clear-headed in my life. It is such an amazing feeling when you realize what your body can do when you really push yourself.
It is also amazing that you can make your mind think positive thoughts and how deep breathing can bring such an amazing focus when dealing with anger issues. I know this piece is all over the place, but I just have been feeling so many good and passionate things I want to share with the world.
My mom’s death has been an experience that I am learning incredible things from. I feel like she is teaching me things everyday. I love yoga and mastering new poses. I am currently working on my handstand, and I am getting there—just need more practice.
I would love to teach yoga one day, or maybe even a dance-inspired class. I want to share my love and passion for the practice and focus it brings. I want to help people in a way that some yoga instructors have helped me. Yoga is my therapy.
by Jessica Thompson – I live in Windsor Ontario. I have been doing yoga for about a year and a half. I love winter and Halloween and the husky dog breed (I hope to own one some day). In my life I have never been happier.