What does a life taken too soon teach us? What is the purpose?
Looking at the life of my friend Colleen I am asking myself these questions.
A few years ago I was struggling, as we all do from time to time. Life can be hard and sometimes doesn’t go as planned.
I was looking for direction.
I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook searching for inspiration when I found a post about a beautiful woman who was given the devastating diagnosis of having terminal cancer, and 6 months to live.
She chose to do something most wouldn’t. She decided if she had limited time to live, she was going to live it fill out. Reading the article inspired me to reach out, and to my surprise, she was willing to meet me.
We became fast friends. She just had that way about her.
Listening to her story, I quickly realized my problems were not that big. I’ll never forget how she explained that her cancer had brought her blessings… and that without it, she may have never had the experiences she was having.
This really struck me. What a remarkable person to see her struggles that way.
She chose to lead her life, and instead of having 6 months to live… she chose 6 Months to Dream. She chose to use the time she was alive to experience everything to the fullest. She didn’t sit in pity, complain or get angry… although she probably had those feelings sometimes. She chose to embrace the journey of life by living and giving. She experienced being a mom, traveling the world and appreciating life… while inspiring the rest of us to do the same.
Colleen knew her life would end sooner than she hoped, but the thing is… nothing is guaranteed to any of us. I now know what she meant when she explained to me that there were blessings in her diagnosis as she treated each day as her last. She was gifted an understanding that life is so precious and not to be taken for granted.
We lost her. But her light will live on.
How will you live your life today, and every day?