Knowledge and experience can shape us, help us consider our decisions and our outlook on life. In addition giving yourself “time to reflect and think” can also be a powerful tool in your future actions and activity.
I’ve been reflecting about all the events that have taken place in my life over the last 18 months and that these “events” have been life changing for me. I’ve actually become a different person. I even look back at pictures of myself and think “that doesn’t look like me!” So what’s changed?
– Health – Cancer: life changing event in itself, control goes out of the window and you find yourself in a situation where you have to stop and review your direction of travel.
– Apperance – my hair for example, now it’s short. Would I have cut my hair if I hadn’t been diagnosed with cancer? No probably not. With my current chemo reigeme – thinning hair, skin rashes, spots and cuts on fingers are a challenge but I’m nurturing my body to manage these side effects (and I think I now own most body lotions, Boots would be impressed!!).
– Work – I always wanted to set up my own business, ok it took me 6 years and a cancer diagnosis to get me “firing into action” but by far the best career decision of my life. I love my job and I’m proud of my business. I’ve proved that you can set up a business whilst going through chemo!!
– Time and how I spend it – wow time is so precious yet many of us take it for granted, I know I did. Fact – one day we will die, so how do you want to spend your time? In a job that you dislike? Or in a job you love? Doing activities you don’t enjoy or the ones you do? I know my answers…
– Mindset – probably one of the biggest changes for me has been how I think and approach these ever challenging life events that seem to be knocking me over. So how do I pick myself up, dust myself off and move forward? I have belief in myself that if I can do all the things that are in my control that includes keeping myself as healthy and fit as I can (including how I think) it all helps in fight against cancer. Never underestimate the power of your mind – it could be holding you back, making you feel ill or simply not allowing yourself to nurture, heal and recover.
– Live in the moment – none of us know what tomorrow will bring, we are in an ever changing world which brings lots of uncertainties. Ask yourself this question – are you truly living in the moment? What I mean by this is not thinking about everything you did yesterday, last week, what’s on your to do list for next week – it’s about what’s happening right now. I’ve adjusted my thinking to “live in the moment” – yes I’ve got lots of activities and things I want to do, but I’m embracing what’s happening now; how I feel, my level of happiness, and allowing myself to recover (when I’m on chemo) and if that means 4 cat naps in a day, that’s ok, as it will allow me to do all the things I want to do.
So in summary, live your life a day at a time. I don’t live in fear about my future, I’m loving life and living it and it feels great! To finish off this quote sums it up nicely…