“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some humour and some style.” … Maya Angelou
Over the last few years I’ve heard a lot about “surviving”. Once you have had cancer there is no end to the “Survivor” groups that you can join. I imagine that it’s the same with any kind of illness or major calamity in life … the expression “misery loves company” springs to mind here. I know. I know. These groups are intended to be supportive, nurturing and help one over the hump of hard times.
It seems to me unfortunate that so many of the participants of said groups become mired in the support … and subsequently lost in the constant reliving and remembering of aforementioned hard times … and they forget to Celebrate. “Celebrate.” you say. “What is there is to celebrate?” “Oh my” my polite Canadian self thinks: “Overcoming challenging times … learning the tough lessons … and rediscovering Life and Self … well … I think that those things are always worth celebrating!”
Roga Danar stated in one of the Star Trek – Next Generation episodes: “To survive is not enough … to simply exist is not enough.” I understand that sentiment and apparently so too does Maya Angelou. It is not enough for me that I survived my trip down Cancer Road … I’m extremely grateful … but merely surviving is not enough. I choose to demonstrate my gratitude to Life by spending whatever time I have left here … thriving.
Most days I don’t know exactly what “thriving” will look like … but I do know what it doesn’t look like. It doesn’t look like driving my life forward whilst constantly looking backwards. It doesn’t look like focusing on yesterday when today is so precious and tomorrow so tantalizing. I know that Life has some pretty good ideas around this topic and I’m learning to be a better listener … to take notes … and then to act on Life’s suggestions and advice. Between the two of us … and adding a dash of “Perk” and a drop of “Sunshine” … I’m starting to get a feel for the joy that comes from living every moment … not simply as though it were my last one here on Earth … but even more importantly … as if it were my first.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone