Never has this statement felt truer. I was speaking to a friend yesterday and I felt totally overwhelmed by her positivity about life. She was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer and had to have an emergency operation only last week. Cancer always comes as a shock to anyone who is diagnosed with it. It is a word that is associated with horror, trauma and upset and even if you are lucky enough to be able to have it removed, it is still something that affects you every day.
What shocked me yesterday was the overwhelming positivity and get-up-and-go my friend had. I feel that if that was me, I would spend days crying in bed. I have such huge admiration for all the people and families that go through cancer every day, I wish I could turn it into a cure for all the millions of people impacted by this cruel disease.
My friend was explaining to me that being diagnosed with cancer has almost given her a new lease of life. The power to get up and go and embrace wellness in a way that she may not have done before. She explained to me that you don’t need a reason to embrace wellness, you should just do it out of a duty of care for yourself. We only have one chance at life and you need to live it to your full potential. Even though she is still recovering, she was already making actions to improve her well being, adding additional yoga classes to her week’s activity, making time for a twenty-minute walk at lunch and just taking time to relax. I found this so empowering, people really are amazing. It motivated me go to the gym yesterday even though I was feeling a bit lethargic – if she can do it, so can I.
If you only take one thing from this post – You don’t need a reason to embrace wellness, let your own life be your motivation.
Peace out, MaMo X