You hear this all the time. See the hashtag #yolo. But let’s take a minute and let this sink in…
As I’m working on getting my strength back and getting out more, I took a walk the other day. It was the longest walk I’ve taken since November and it was glorious. Hot, humid, trees and flowers blooming, blue sky with big clouds and gorgeous mountain views and a long talk with a friend going through similar things. In my book, the perfect day.
As I round the corner, I look down and see YOLO carved into the sidewalk, by young hands, no doubt. I’m sure it’s been there, but I never noticed it. But today I did notice and it resonated with me. This one word at my feet made me think about everything and my view on this world we live in. I’m working on building strength, physically and mentally. And the mental piece is huge, not just for me, but for all of us.
Coming out of the chemo fog and surgery recovery and dealing with cancer, feels like waking up and seeing life for the first time. Like I’m blinking and seeing clearly this life that I’ve been living with new eyes. Seeing all that magic in day to day life. Seeing ways to create more magic for us, the kids, myself. Magic in day to day life isn’t some glorious illusion, it is simply the simple things that make you smile.
Life is short folks. You only live once.
Get outside. Live your life. Run. Play. Enjoy. Smile. Be happy. Love. Love. Love. Experience nature. Hug a tree. Breathe in fresh air. Let the sun shine on your soul. Laugh. Cry. Experience life. Find your joy. Try something new. Be grateful for what you have. Be grateful for this day. Be grateful for love. Surround yourself with positive people. Learn from your mistakes. Embrace change. Soften. Respect yourself. Respect others. Stand up for yourself and others. Accept people how they are. Teach love. Smile. Appreciate nature. Be friendly. Celebrate. Find your silver lining. Listen. Create your own magic. Live your life!