“Life is the art of living with uncertainty without being paralyzed by fear.” ~Dr. W. Dillon
I didn’t immediately look at going through cancer as an opportunity to rework my life, even though I knew it to be a wake-up call and change was needed. But I didn’t make those changes. Quite the contrary. All throughout treatment, I longed for a return to my old life, some sense of “normalcy”. Partly I could barely see the end of the treatment period, it seemed like it would last forever, making it difficult to imagine what my life could look like after cancer. And partly because treatment and healing took up all my energy…I didn’t have enough available band width to imagine anything different.
But now it’s coming on 4 years, and even though I’ll be on Aromasin until the end of 2019, it’s time to make some changes. And I think a lot of us are in the same place.
What does life look like after cancer treatment? Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What do you want to put your life energy into now that your days are no longer full of medical appointments and healing regimes? Is life richer now? Do you view day-to-day living and/or major life events (birth, death, retirement, graduation, career change, divorce, marriage) differently now? Do you feel more or less resilient, compassionate, judgmental, caring, patient, stressed?
What comes next? What do you want for your life moving forward? What would you like to change, explore, step into or out of? What values are most important to you now? What interests you the most right now?
"Live out of your imagination, not your history." ~Stephen R. Covey
I believe cancer can be a transformative experience. A way to become who you were meant to be…not just surviving but thriving! I believe we can change our lives - with intention. And while I am stunned it’s taken me so long to act on this, I can’t let what I’ve done or left undone in the past stop me from actively creating a new future - because today is always the first day of the rest of my life. It’s a bit cliché, I know. We could have tried to accomplish it sooner, which may have been a better time, but we can’t do anything about that now. That’s in the past. NOW is when things happen! And the beginning of a new year can help carry us along with its momentum.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in -- forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." ~Emerson
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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