I Double Dare You…

While recently visiting downtown Greensboro, NC,  a bright purple store-front caught my eye. The store’s large glass windows were bare – a tell-tale sign that the store was closed and the space deserted. Yet, just above the door-frame, written in gold lettering, a simple phrase commanded my full attention. The store-front read,  “WE DOUBLE DARE YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR PASSION”  Of course, I stopped to take a picture!

This statement reminded me of one of the ways I believe narcolepsy has changed my life for the better.  Before narcolepsy, I was content to drift through life without pursuing the projects and talents I cared most about – like writing and photography.  Before narcolepsy, there was always the comfy cushion of the next five or ten years to distance me from “the rest of my life” when I would finally follow my dreams.  
Narcolepsy has changed the way I perceive time, as the illness affects  my day-to-day life, I’m no longer content to push passion to the back burner for another day.  Although it is difficult to incorporate things I care about into my busy life – I try to make priorities of my writing and photography whenever possible.  Of course, I sometime hit low points of exhaustion and lose sight of my priorities.
This abandoned purple doorway was an unexpected yet much needed reminder to continue forward on my path, full-speed ahead, towards my dreams. Double dare accepted!! 


  1. Emilee on November 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Yay Julie!

  2. thomas.flygare on November 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Important message for everyone.

  3. SirSleepsALot on November 20, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Well said. I am inspired by how you have chosen to use the biggest obstacle in your life as a vehicle to be a better person and do more important, worthwhile things. Your attitude strikes me as a brave and overwhelmingly healthy way to confront chronic illness and the mountain of negativity it can bring to one's life. Thank you for speaking out and being such a positive rolemodel for the Narcoleptic community, and for anyone dealing with any type of life-altering illness. I find strength in your courage.

  4. Hopefully Awake on November 20, 2010 at 7:40 pm


    I accept your Double Dare and I think I may finally try to run in a half marathon. This is something that I always wanted to do but never had the motivation for in the past but I have been feeling a little better and my fitness level is up as well.

    “I'm only this far
    And only tomorrow leads my way”
    #41 Dave Matthews Band


    Hopefully Awake

    I would also like to let everyone know that I have been so inspired by REM RUNNER for the past year that I decided to write about my experiences with narcolepsy as well. Check it out because I am finding that talking about my disorder is helping me deal with it better. http://copingwithnarcolepsy.blogspot.com/

  5. Allena on November 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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