Typically before a big surgery my mind begins to overthink, racing with thoughts of what I have learned over the last three and a half years since being a cancer patient. The thing about cancer is that it changes people. It sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply, hurts more often, appreciates more quickly, cries more easily, hopes more desperately, loves more openly and lives more passionately. I wanted to take a moment to jot down the top 30 things off the top of my head that cancer has taught me and share them, pass them along. Some being more obvious than others, some being more simple as well. It never hurts to be reminded from time to time that sometimes it can be the small stuff that can make us the upmost happiest.
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. No one else does.
- You don’t have to win every agreement. Agree to disagree.
- It’s okay to show your emotions. It’s okay to feel.
- Don’t compare yourself to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about.
- Don’t bother with pity parties.
- Burn the candles, use the nice stemware and wear the fancy dress. Every moment is a special occasion.
- Go with the flow.
- Be eccentric, who cares if people think you’re out of your mind.
- The most important sex organ is the brain.
- You cannot hold anyone else accountable for your happiness; it’s up to you.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will.
- Believe in miracles.
- Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
- Listen to your body.
- Envy is a waste of time.
- Deep breaths calm the mind.
- Make your intentions pure.
- Turn wounds into wisdom.
- Peace will always be there for you in your darkest moments.
- How you feel is always more important than how you look.
- The big questions are worth asking.
- Love will always win.
- Always make self-care a priority.
- Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.