This month I thought we’d do something different, and rather than focus on a topic like fear that coincides with Halloween, I thought we’d talk about enjoying life. Yes, we’ll spend time talking about Halloween and the scary stuff of life some (and there will be lots of Halloween stuff on the Creative blog), but as I’ve been thinking about life and the future I’ve been reminded again and again that it’s just not worth it to spend hours on end thinking about the negative stuff. No, you can’t avoid it, but you sure can do a whole lot more with your life than worry about when the sky will fall.
I want to start the month off with some wisdom from Nelson Mandela: “Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.” At the end of his life, like many older people, Nelson Mandela struggled with his health. We go through our lives knowing that at some point in time we’ll face our mortality and our health will begin to fail, our friends will pass away and we’ll be able to do less and less. It’s never easy to face the fact that our life will end sometime, regardless of what you believe about what comes next. But regardless of how close to your end you think you are, it doesn’t mean that you have to live like life is ending.
One of the examples of living life to the fullest that I’m often reminded of would be Jessie Rees who passed away from two brain tumors in 2012. She chose that not only would she try to beat her own cancer, she would inspire and encourage others fighting cancer, and since her death her family has carried on her legacy of Joy Jars and a mission to Never Ever Give Up (NEGU).
You’ve got the same choice, but hopefully not one that you have to make while fighting cancer or another devastating life situation. But even if you’re facing serious challenges in your life you still can choose to make the most of the life you have and enjoy every moment you can. What choice will you make?