Challenges

What is more fun than having two kittens in the house? Having two kittens who are visually impaired in the house. Having two kittens that beat the odds that were against them, in the house.

Up until recently, I have kept Mojo (female) and Moxie (male) secluded in a spare bedroom, safe and secure from my two big dogs. I would open the door, but had it barricaded in a way they could see, but could not escape into the house. It no longer works. For them it is a climbing wall to freedom.

Today both kittens took full advantage of the dogs being outside and escaped their room to explore and play. They visited every room of the house multiple times. They tried to visit the Diva of the house, our fourteen year old cat Cricket. Cricket thinks she should be the only cat and is not friendly to any other cat that dares enter her domain. Even with her hissing and attempted slaps at the kittens, they paid her no mind and went on about doing kitten things. With their impaired sight, this included a lot of running into walls and doorways and falling often from anything they dared climb up onto. They are fearless. While sudden sounds and things entering their field of vision unexpectedly does cause them to jump or back away, they then return full speed ahead. They believe themselves by their actions, unstoppable and invincible.

We can take lessons from these two wild ones.

When I brought these two into my home, they were not in good shape physically. They were tiny and had an infection which had infected their eyes. Thanks to a safe environment, an individual who helped get them seen by a veterinarian and medication, they not only survived but thrived. They had a very strong will to live in spite of their difficult beginning. They learned and were filled with love, in spite of being taken from their mother. Every day, they showed an increasing love and lust for life. Low visual abilities be hanged, they were going for it and making it count. No excuses, no hesitation.

For a while, when they came to the barrier at the doorway, they accepted the no pass zone and remained within the confines of that room. Yet every time anyone passed by that doorway, Moxie would be waiting, front legs raised in the universal sign of ‘pick me up’. And everyone who passed by, would pick him up for snuggles. They did not see the barrier and a sign of being unworthy or unwanted. It was simply a bridge to be crossed to affection. Then, they learned or simply realized, they were cats and cats can climb. The barrier is a barrier no longer. They cannot be contained by it ever again. It was a challenge that has been defeated. It is now, up and over into the areas waiting to be explored. Explore and enjoy they did. It was pure joy and excitement in action. Bounce off a wall? Its fine, back up and try again. Fall from a low shelf? Get up, dust off and bounce step forward through the amazing things yet to be explored and discovered. Stop for a snuggle then head off at full speed again. Visual impairment? What visual impairment?

These kittens are not allowing anything to stop them. They may not see their surroundings clearly, but they keep going. They may be a bit small for their age, but they keep going. They keep going. Strange sounds, unexpected movement, they keep going. Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead. They aren’t worried about what if something bad is out there, they are living life and enjoying it as fully as a kitten is able. But it isn’t just these two kittens. The not so feral colony outside show me every day how they face life at its fullest. They do not have an inside home, but they have learned to trust, they have learned to show some affection, they also play often and sleep in a way that shows they are no longer deeply afraid of what lurks in the woods.

And yet humans. While this is not all humans, but some of us, often including myself. We often allow our difficulties to prevent us from living fully. We allow anxiety and fears of the unknown, to stop us. We see a barrier as not a temporary thing but a full stop blockade. We fear the unknown to the point of hiding within our safe place. We could be living life more fully, more joyfully, more blessed, if we took a lesson from the two kittens and dared to live without reservation. 

It is my belief, that every day is a lesson. Everything we face, every struggle, every battle, every storm, is a lesson. Those who believe in God and have an abiding relationship with God, need only trust and believe that those lessons will help us through everything we face. That when we step out on the other side, we will be all the better for what we went through. It may not be easy, lessons generally aren’t. But once we see the results, we can live as those kittens, as if we are unstoppable and invincible.

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About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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