Today’s guest post comes from my cousin, Jackie. If you need a refresher on who this fabulous lady is you can find one here, here or here. Jackie’s also a whip-smart superstar dietitian, who currently works with cancer patients, which is no easy field to work in. So as she continues to balance the demands of her job with life as a 20-something newlywed, I think it’s lovely how she is finding the silver lining in otherwise very grim situations and letting the lessons guide her in other aspects of her life.
We all have so much to be thankful for, and often we forget, or don’t take time to enjoy, life’s simple pleasures.
This week, one of my 21-year-old cancer patients, whom I have gotten to know closely over the past six months, was told that there are no treatment options left to treat her cancer and multi-organ failure from the chemotherapy. The hardest part for her is knowing she will leave behind her close family, friends and boyfriend. But despite all she has been through, and knowing that her time on earth is coming to an end, she remains positive, brave, and full of love.
Over the past several months, she has taught me the power of kindness. To be thankful for what I have and appreciate life’s little gifts. To spend time with the people I love, even if it means skipping a workout to go to happy hour with friends :). To focus on what is positive and good in life rather than what I don’t have. To not hold grudges, because you can never get back the time you spent being angry. And most importantly to find little joys in every day, because life is beautiful.
Thank you, Jackie, for writing. This is such a reminder of how important it is to live in the here and now because nothing in life is guaranteed. Of course that’s easier said than done, but it’s still an ideal worth striving for.
Oh, and the picture above is one of those moments of pure happiness — Jackie on her wedding day, throwing it down on the dance floor broken bustle and all.