Friday, June 6, 2014

Live Like You Have Cancer

Long overdue, I know, but like many, sometimes I need a little inspiration.  I've been busy working on a few promises that I made to myself during the annual New Year's resolution ritual and writing was taking a back seat.  It's time to get myself back on track and there is no time like the present.  Kudos to an old friend for reminding me about what is important in life and giving me food for thought.  So today's post will be dedicated to him and to the many friends and family I have who have fought the battle, are fighting the battle or who have yet to discover that there is a battle to be fought at all.

Cancer just sucks.  There is no reason to try to beautify that statement, there's nothing beautiful about it.  Well, maybe that's not entirely true.  I've been fortunate to know a few people who have used cancer as a catalyst to start a new life with a new attitude and a positive outlook.  Some have used cancer to start foundations to further educate people or to promote a healthy lifestyle

These people amaze me and should be looked upon as role models for all of us whether we are fighting a cancer battle or just trying to make it thru a lousy day.  These people have discovered what I've been saying right along--you have a choice.  If you wake up today, yes I said IF--- its a gift.  What you do with that gift is entirely up to you.  You've been dealt a hand, what's your next play?  It's a choice, you can fold or you can kick ass. Make the most of it.....

My friend Drew, he's choosing to kick some ass!!  Here's a passage from his blog "Save the Asshole", it's well worth the read.

Cancer brings clarity

May 31
Been thinking about this one a lot. 6 weeks ago, I was living as if I was cancer free. Not that I was cancer-free, I was just living my life…
Today I’m living the same life on a similar, but different path.
I like the new path. It’s amazing how much bullshit goes away when you have cancer. I just don’t have time to deal with stuff that truly does not matter AND I would argue, the people in my life reflect that. It’s amazing how many petty grievances or slights just don’t make the radar anymore. Anyone who’s been married, knows what I’m talking about, the silly, frustrating argument, about nothing… And a dozen other things that don’t involve my wife (that was just an easy example)…
I’m on this new path, and this new path means I’m no longer ignorant about my disease. It means that I can fight. It means I can tell the people in my life how much they mean to me. It means I can reach out to old high school friends.
It means that choosing a godfather for the new baby isn’t as simple as it was 6 weeks ago.
It doesn’t mean I can’t be disappointed by people, but it does mean that I don’t sweat it like I would have on the old path.
It brings an urgency to my professional life that I enjoy and I hope I can continue when I am cancer-free.
When this is all over, I am determined to stay on this path and love better, work harder, play longer and live wiser.
- Drew Sandler
I told Drew that I was going to take this passage and repeat it here, on my blog.  It's well worth it and it's also worth repeating time after time.  His message is THAT important.  Appreciate what you have today and Live Like You Have Cancer.

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