Sink or swim. We have all heard that saying. But the funny thing is that you really don’t even think about it until you are faced with some sort of adversity in your life. For me, well sink or swim seems to rear its ugly head every couple of months. Whether it be self-induced or something beyond my control, it comes to taunt me. “OK Shane, how are you going to deal with this situation?” Like the average person out there, I have probably had 1,500 of those “sink or swim” moments. Oh, I didn’t tell you? OK, I am not the average person who had dealt with those “sink or swim” situations. I have a very bad had habit of creating my own situations “sink or swim.” I believe it is a combination of hardships of growing up with the physical disability, Cerebral Palsy, having my wife diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, to the most recent of living within a poverty. I am not trying to excuse the fact that I tend to create my own issues at times. But that is just reality at this time in my life. Having said that, I am making every effort to change my thought process and understand that God has placed me in some of the circumstances that I have found myself to be in. I do continue to seek the reason for Him placing me in these situations though. And It’s not even all God. I, too, put myself in situations that cause self-induced mass panic. If I am not careful, I can easily slip in a state of depression because this family member has this, that family member has that. It is a vicious cycle that you can easily get yourself caught in. I think it is important for all of us to remember, especially myself, is that we can never be truly at peace with ourselves until we accept the fact we can truly control most of our situations. We have to learn to take control of our lives and be all that we can be. We are not all going to be monetarily rich. We are not all going to be famous. But what we all be is a person of character. Take your current situation, whatever it might be and make the most of it. Tell yourself that you will no longer be a a victim of falling into the trap of feeling hopeless and that life is just too hard. God will most certainly deliver each of us through whatever situation that life throws at us. And most of all, count your blessings each time you feel all hope is lost. You truly can conquer all through the guidance of God. From this point on, I am choosing to swim. Do not give yourselves the excuses of not doing the same.