Nikhil Joshi, M.D.

Given The Choice, I’d Dance.

Dear World,

My mother always told me, as corny as these song lyrics are, “when you get the choice to sit out or dance, I hope you dance”. I never payed attention much to the meaning behind things as a kid but now that I’m older they seem to make more sense.

Growing up I was painfully shy. I was that little girl who sat in the corner in the back of class because she was too scared to talk to people. I always seemed to care about the way other people saw me and less about how I felt about myself. I’m learning to be different now.

I was eight years old when my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and for the last eleven years I’ve watched him struggle not only with his physical ailment but the things that come with being sick. Alienation by family, once friends and even strangers because he’s different isn’t morally right but it happens. My mom struggles too, taking care of a sick husband, who usually doesn’t care about eating right or taking his medication, but she fights with him because she know that she’s fighting for him and for his life.

From everything I’ve gone through in my short life whether that’s my father’s illness, moving to a different province by myself and even heartbreak, I’ve come out with a few lessons learned.

1.Never regret anything. Everything you’ve been through has taught you something important.
2. Always chase your dreams.
3. Give everyone a second chance regardless of how many times you wish you didn’t
4. Love yourself for who you are. If you don’t like something about yourself then change it, but don’t change yourself for someone else.
5. Give someone your whole heart, even if it gets broken you know that you gave it everything you had.
6. You do everything you can, have all the experiences life has to offer and never sideline yourself.

All I have left is to ask, “Will you dance with me?”

Kayla.

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