Everyone has a time limit on life, we just don’t know what ours is. How would you live and what would change if you were told yours?
There are many people who come through your life and make a difference. Sometimes its a positive experience and others teach you life lessons. A few will walk into your life and then right back out. Then there will be a couple, a destined few, who stay and change your life completely.
It was my first year teaching when I met a young lady who right away I thought “there’s just something about her.” The way she carried herself, how she spoke, her outlook on life, were all positive and motivating. If I had a stressful day, she would cure it. She was mature but childlike. There was always something so freeing about her personality that pulled people in.
Being the only student in one of my dance classes, this was a very small school, the bond and relationship between us quickly formed. I started to view her more as a daughter figure than student. I had the privilege of teaching dance to her during her junior year. For her senior year, she moved schools, but we stayed in contact.
I was driving home from the movie theater one Saturday evening when I got a text message saying something about her being in the hospital. At first the messages were written in the tone of “it’s not a big deal, just letting you know.” When I picked up the phone and gave her a call, I was informed she had been diagnosed with Leukemia.
With news that would tear anyone apart, she was smiling through the phone, positive as ever.
The next morning I picked up a Hello Kitty balloon and was on my way to see her. Walking up to the hospital my nerves were rushing and I was trying to fight back tears. When I walked into her room I was greeted with a “hey girl! Come on in and join the party.” Upbeat, smiling, positive, no fear being shown, I was strong because of her.
She fought cancer’s butt, won, and is fighting it again. The ongoing positive outlook on life that she has is enough to motivate me to, truthfully, get over myself. I find myself worrying about petty things at work, home life, etc., and I have to stop myself sometimes and think “here I am allowing this minor setback affect my mood negatively while others are fighting cancer with a smile on their face.” It puts things in perspective.
Think about the things you’re stressing and worrying about right now. Are these things that will affect you or your future? Do they truly matter? Or are they handfuls of doubt that are bringing you down for no reason?
Center your energy around the things, people, and experiences that matter. The ones that will improve your happiness and let go of the things we can’t control. Appreciate each and every day the positive people and things surrounding you.
Live as if there was a time limit to life.