Within the past week I had an email from a friend and a post from a blogger both writing about cancer. Friend has Stage One cancer and blogger (also friend in an incredible blogging community) is in a holding pattern at the moment. It made me sit back and again do a reality check. Why does it often takes sad/bad news for us to shake our heads and pull our socks up. Or at least me.
I have often felt life is a stats game. 1 in 10 will be diagnosed with that. You have a 20% chance of getting this. As a women your chances are…… if you are over 60 your chances are….. Sometime I feel it is about the numbers/percentages.
So what can we do about this? Well for starters we can start today not putting things off. This attitude of when I finish school, get married, get a fabulous job, when I retire when I…..whatever, I will be happy, secure, have money, less debt etc. Yeah, maybe you will or maybe you won’t. If life is a stat game I have never felt that special that my number won’t come up. Life is not 100% guaranteed in ANYTHING.
What we can do is find joy in what we have right now. Yes to planning for the future, but also for living life now. For making this day or chapter in our lives the best we can (debt, job, family and health wise). Do not put everything in that future basket – right now take it out and have a look. Is there anything in there you could move up to the present? Even if it is only a piece of it – like you want to see Europe when you retire. Could you not plan a trip to Spain next year?
For my reality check I am not going to disappoint. I am getting my basket out and having a look. What is no longer relevant? What can I do today to start to make this or that happen? Where can I block off time to start creating the life I want?
We had a plaque in our house when I was growing up that read “today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday”. So let’s grab our today and make it count. If life is a stats game all numbers are important and I want mine to be fighting ready. We rock ladies.
You can always start now!