Learning to embrace life

This week has been about sickness and death.

Photo by Jake Thacker

Surprisingly, it’s come at me from everywhere. There have been trips to hospitals, and doctor’s offices, phone calls from old friends, and conversations with current ones. Thankfully, there’s been good news. And, tearfully, there has been terrible news.

Maybe, it’s because I’m in a time of life sandwiched between young and old. Whatever the reason, I’m taking it as a sign. Live life now. It’s something, it seems, we learn more than once. Waiting and wishing won’t get me anywhere. Worrying what everyone will think is pointless. There are things I want to do. There are things i’d like to be remembered for someday. I’m just going to do them. At least I’ve got to try. As Maya Angelou said,

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

If you’re feeling stuck, these TEDTalks about what people have learned may give you the inspiration you need. Or at least, perhaps, they’ll give you a laugh or two.

Sometimes, a laugh is what we need most of all.

What I learned from reading 2,000 obituaries

What I learned from 100 days of rejection

You are not your body

What makes a good life

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