Fierce Friday | Ariel Ross

What makes you a L I O N?

@ashleyariels: “I love fearlessly. My vulnerability is as much a strength as it is a weakness. There isn’t a person in my life that wonders how I feel about them.”

What makes you H U M B L E?

@ashleyariels: “Being a nurse makes me humble. It’s become such a part of my identity in more ways than I could have imagined. I have a constant reminder of how fragile life is. I have a constant reminder to dance while my legs are healthy, to say things I feel while my mouth and brain are still connected, to never pass an opportunity that I may be physically or mentally unable to achieve later in life. It has just changed the way I think about everything. Taking care of other humans keeps me humble for sure, disease doesn’t discriminate between ‘good people’ and ‘bad people,’ it’s very real, and keeps me grounded while still reminding me to take every leap I can.”

It is so important to know and embrace whatever it is that makes you a lion. You can help so many people in this world if you embrace what you know makes you a badass. It’s equally as important to stay grounded and humble.

Side note: THANK YOU to every single nurse out there. I have experienced your grace, compassion, and badassery first hand. It definitely isn’t my calling, but I’m SO thankful if it’s yours. YOU are SO important in this world.

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