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One foot in front of the other: Rearview shot of an unrecognizable young sportswoman's running shoes outside.

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.” 

~Khalil Gibran

Living With Adversity

Have you ever gone through a particularly challenging time or season of life? Of course you have. We all have. Sometimes it is due to a change, and sometimes we do not even have a specific reason we can point to. The important thing is that we find a way to move through it and continue to march on.

This blog post is late this month; I have no real reason. Maybe it is the realization that life is going by so quickly and there is so much I still want to do and accomplish. Maybe it is hormones, as I am clearly getting older. I do not know, and I am learning to be fine with the reality that sometimes we just do not feel as excited, ambitious, or as tolerant of the speed or work needed to stay on the treadmill called life.

March on: a cropped photo of a  crowd of people's legs during a demonstration.

Continue To March On

Sometimes we need to slow down and take care of ourselves… well, we always need to take care of ourselves, but sometimes we need a little more attention to that. This is so important when we experience disappointments or challenges, or go through transitions in life. But, at the end of the day, we all must march on, put one foot in front of the other. 

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

~Lao Tzu

This year I made a commitment to myself to focus on my overall health. I started a healthy eating plan and an exercise routine. The exercise program I am using has a trainer who constantly says “just keep walking”. It has been a fantastic journey, and I am feeling more healthy and stronger than I have in many years. Sometimes my exercise routine is short, and sometimes I have enough energy to exercise for a full hour. It is really about just continuing to march on. 

“I don’t take success and failure seriously. The only thing I do seriously is march forward. If I fall, I get up and march again.” 

~Kareena Kapoor Khan

I am learning to be more confident, proud of myself, and to find a way to keep making a positive impact in the lives of others… even when it is not what I had planned or hoped for. I am learning to keep marching on in a pace that works for me. I encourage you to give yourself grace in life and to accept that sometimes your marching pace through life is slow and steady, and sometimes it is a mad dash. Just keep moving forward. 

By Sylvia Stinson-Perez

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Sylvia wearing a blue dress with a lighthouse behind her as the sun goes down.
Sylvia Stinson-Perez

Sylvia Stinson-Perez has spent her career in the blindness field, and is the Chief Programs Officer for the American Foundation for the Blind. Sylvia believes the authentic shared experience of living with vision loss can lead to the development of bold confidence in living with blindness. She loves helping others find their beauty and courage on this journey.

Sylvia has Master’s degrees in Social Work, Visual Disabilities Rehabilitation, and Business Administration. Sylvia is blind as a result of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), however, she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Sylvia is a wife, a mother, a friend, an advocate, and a professional dedicated to making a positive difference. She enjoys reading, cooking, travel, crocheting, writing and public speaking, and time with loved ones.

Image Descriptions:

  • One foot in front of the other: Rearview shot of an unrecognizable young sportswoman’s running shoes outside.
  • March on: a cropped photo of a crowd of people’s legs during a demonstration.
  • Sylvia is wearing a blue dress with a lighthouse behind her as the sun goes down.

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