05/06/2017 12:36 PM AEST | Updated 05/06/2017 12:37 PM AEST

The Person In The Mirror Is Worth Fighting For

Take it from a surgeon, we are all stronger than we think.

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Inner strength sometimes shows itself in the darkest moments.

Reflection is a part of what we do to see where we have come and where we might go. I prefer a different term. Meditation is derived from a Latin word which means to think over. Reflection means to bend backwards. Meditation implies that by thinking things over we can learn, grown and move if we choose to. Reflection, just like looking in a mirror, shows us back the same thing, the same place from where we have just come from.

Meditating or thinking over the lessons I have learnt in the past year, with eyes wide open into everything and everyone around me. Meditation on the lessons I have learnt or those that I have been shown.

Day in and day out, I marinate in others' pain, fear but also their love. I have seen the resolve of the human spirit. While I haven't faced life or death in the sense that those who I spend my days with have, I have wondered how I can survive. Thankfully, those patients have taught me many lessons and given me the strength and purpose to not just survive but to thrive.

When great upheaval comes my way, I can claw my way out of it. It may not be graceful or pretty, but I can rise from the ashes. We all can.

I am stronger than I think. We are all stronger than we think. Especially in the dark times.

When great upheaval comes my way, I can claw my way out of it. It may not be graceful or pretty, but I can rise from the ashes. We all can. We may come out dirty and bloodied from the fight of returning, but that just makes the rise even more special.

When your heart hurts, it may not ever be the same but it will eventually heal. The scars can be beautiful and show how much you care. In fact, you care so much that your heart was able to be broken.

In strength comes a realisation that you deserve as much as anyone else -- to be loved, to be respected and to be happy. You deserve success and fulfilment. You deserve to know your own worth and to show that worth to everyone around you.

You are worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for so it is okay to request nay, demand it. You deserve to be fought for by yourself and by those who care for you. For everything that matters to you, for everything about you, for those around you. Fighting is exhausting but you are worth every ounce of energy.

You are worth love. You are worth others' love and you are worthy to love them back. Your friends and family are precious and are there when times are tough, just as you are there for them. The minutiae of just being is just as good as the excitement and the major achievements but when they are not with you, it is the moments of quiet contentment that you will really miss. The small things with those you love are as valuable as the big things.

Be thankful for the chance to share the minutiae, the stillness and the mundane. Be thankful to share the pain as much as the triumph because sharing the good with the bad or the banal means that you care enough to do so, or someone cares enough to see you not just at your sparkly best.

Never settle for just getting by. In my experience, it's those moments when we rise from the ashes that are the best things about us and those around us.