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Fourteen Years Later (7/16/13)

BY AMY PURDY

It was 14 years ago today that I was put on life support and given less than a 2-percent chance of living. (Click here for my full backstory.)

Today, I am living my dreams, creating new ones every day and living a life jam-packed with amazing opportunities.

Over the last 14 years this is what I've learned:

1) Things that may seem bad today may end up being a blessing tomorrow. Look for the silver lining in everything; there always is one!

2) We only have one life. Don't waste it, don't wait until tomorrow; be all you can be and do all you can do now!

3) Take risks! Nothing that I have ever done in my life that has been worth it has been comfortable. Challenge yourself, go for it whatever "it" may be; we are much more powerful and capable than we will ever know!

4) Follow your passions, all of them! Engage yourself in what makes you excited about life and the things that interest you! If it is in your heart, it wants to shine! The more you express yourself, the more opportunities you will have — end of story.

5) When we do the above we align with our most pure and true self. I have no doubt that is what our creator wants us to be.

6) Last but not least — straight from my good friend Johnny Schillereff, president of Element Skateboards: "The harder you work, the luckier you get." Nothing will happen because you simply want it. Taking action is like pressing the gas pedal; it gets you were you want to go.

Lying in that hospital bed 14 years ago I never thought I would be where I am today, but I would never change it for the world! Life truly is amazing!