Just a little writing therapy for me here. While I am obviously well aware that people are dying from lung cancer every day, this week that fact hit a little closer to home. When this journey started nearly three years ago, there was a father on a team of one of my buddies that was diagnosed right around the same time. I communicated with the family quite a bit as our journeys began. His is not my story to tell, but I did want to share some thoughts as this did indeed hit close to home.
There is this ongoing debate in the cancer world of whether we should call this a “fight” with cancer. My personal opinion is that this is absolutely a fight and it’s one on every level. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, cancer looks to take it all. And while I really don’t feel his story is mine to share, I do feel okay connecting these thoughts, as I know he fought! He fought for his wife, his daughter, his family, and his life in general, and in doing so inspired others to live their life every day. While it was his time to go and that’s not easy to take, I know in my heart that he lived life to its fullest and in doing so fought and defeated cancer. As Stuart Scott put it, “When you die it does not mean you lose to cancer, you beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” And that is just what this husband and father did!
There are any number of things that can get my mind wandering these days, but this wasn’t one took my on a bit of a roller coaster this week. During which though I have found a new “theme” song these days, but I listen a slightly different way. The song is “No such thing as a broken heart” by Old Dominion. It’s great the way it is, but instead of you have to “love” like there’s no such thing as a broken heart, I adjust that to “live”. It’s just that clear reminder to not let fears dictate our lives, and as my favorite line goes, “Cry when it hurts, laugh when it’s funny, chase after the dream, don’t chase after the money.”
I hope each of you will really live your lives, not be afraid to follow your hearts, learn what will make you truly happy, then go after it.