Now. Here. This. If this journey has taught me anything, it is that NOW is all we have. We say that so much that it becomes trite. We take for granted that there is a someday. And we have buckets of things that we are going to do, be, or have someday. My friends, when you get a diagnosis like cancer, you quickly learn that there is no someday. There is not a better time than right now to hug your kids. There is no better time than right now to go back to school. There is no better time than right now to get the nice dishes out and use them, just because. There is no better time than right now to love your body. Yes your body, exactly as it is today. Trust me, if you do get the gift of living another 20 years, you will look back and fondly remember the body you had today. And you will wish you had loved it more.
As I was recovering from my surgery, I had the chance to slow down. I had friends visit and I got to really enjoy the people in my life, without feeling rushed because I had emails to answer and classes to prepare for. I feel like in the down time, I learned to live again. To reevaluate. To reset. I’m filled with gratitude for the health I have, the people in my life and an appreciation for second chances. I’m coming back to the rush of life with a renewed commitment to slow down and live. Now. Here. This.
This is our time, yours and mine.
You have important discoveries to make, NOW is the time to make them.
You have important talents to develop, NOW is the time to develop them.
You have important gifts to give to the world. NOW is the time to give them.
There is no someday.