Yesterday I got a good news / bad news e-mail from a former client of mine, Susan Metters. The good news was that she had just taken a great step towards building a writing career. The bad news was what she had to go through to get there.
Last May, at 39, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. She e-mailed me yesterday to tell me about her new blog on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer web site, Lemon Margaritas, which is based on her experience. As she says in the blog's description, "...when life hands you the proverbial lemon don’t settle for lemonade. Grab yourself some tequila, salt and a blender – then savor your lemon margarita with a smile on your face."
I'm inspired by Susan's perspective, and her message is one we all need to hear. Here's a nutshell version of it, from her bio:
In May of 2006 I was diagnosed with breast cancer – less than two months before my 40th birthday. While still reeling from the shock of my diagnosis I decided I didn’t want to experience cancer the way so many other people do. I didn’t want to be depressed, or sad, or defeated. I was going to turn cancer into a positive experience and have fun with it. Did I just say that? Fun? I’m kidding, right? I couldn’t be more serious. I was going to have a blast with cancer if it was the last thing I did. And since this is cancer we’re talking about it literally could have been the last thing I did. This was my life and I wasn’t going to waste any more time. The time for living was now. And so my adventure began.
This isn’t a blog just for cancer survivors. While it’s inspired by my personal experience with cancer this blog is about living, not dying. It’s about thriving not just surviving. It’s about choosing to change your life for the better no matter what crappy thing life may throw at you. And really, everyone can benefit from that. You don’t have to be diagnosed with cancer to need a kick in the butt to get out there and live your life.
I'm psyched that Susan has chosen to share her story and her unique outlook. It has the potential to make a positive impact on a lot of people.
Along those lines, I'd like to encourage you to make this more than a feelgood human interest story. Stop for a minute and ask yourself, "How does this apply to me?" Are you thriving, or are you surviving? Is there any place where your life could use a change for the better? Do you need a kick in the butt to get out there and really live your life? What would you change?
Regardless of where you are in your life, the time for making lemon margaritas is now.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM