Time is a gift. When I was a child it felt like I had tons of time to conquer the world. It seemed to go by slowly. As a young adult it started to speed up as I was forging my career after college. Then when I was twenty-five, I was told I was out of time. I actually had a clock on my life. If I didn’t undergo chemotherapy I would be dead within the year. No one knows how much time is on their clock.
It has been sixteen years since I was told how much time I had left. Since then, I have created a ton of wonderful memories. I have met new friends and kept in touch with old ones. I found the love of my life. I married, had kids, and now I see time going by in my children with each day, with each new stride, and every new measurement on the door frame.
The one thing I can do while here on this earth is to share my story and encourage other people to share their stories of survival.
I now feel a new sense of urgency to use up every ounce of time and to make my mark. I want to help people, I want to spread the goodness that is out there. It’s just a matter of figuring out how I can do that. There is one thing I know I can give to people: my story.
It’s not an extraordinary one, it’s quite the opposite, it’s normal. A lot of people wouldn’t say having cancer is a normal story, but it has become one. There are so many people who have been affected by cancer and have gone on to live full lives. I’m one of those people. The one thing I can do while here on this earth is to share my story and encourage other people to share their stories of survival.
I want to create more memories with my family and look at my phone less.
Beyond that, I want to share stories of people giving back. This world is full of people who have been deeply affected by one thing or another. It is different for each and every person, but it is just as powerful. Some of these people go on to give back to others, to show them that they got through this rough time. They started programs, donated money, or simply shared their stories. It is through these gifts that the ultimate gift is given, the gift of hope. When people are going through a hard time it helps when they can see others who overcame the same obstacles. They can visualize themselves doing the same thing and say to themselves, if they can do it, then so can I.
I want to live my passion every day and share my story with others.
This brings me back to time. I don’t know how much time I have left on that clock, but I know that I want to make the most out of each and every second. I want to take in every adorable thing my kids do and teach them everything I know. I want to create more memories with my family and look at my phone less. I want to live my passion every day and share my story with others.
What will you do with your gift of time?