As women we like to think we’ve got it all figured out; that we’re the best moms, the best wives, the best employees, the most creative, the best at multi-tasking etc. There’s something inside of us, well most of us if we admit it, that makes us want to strive for perfection. We want people to see us as strong, independent, stylish, and smart. But let’s face it – even if we live to be 100 we’ll most likely never achieve all the things we continue to add to our TO DO lists. We have good intentions and we have what we think are fool proof plans, but then things like life get in the way. We’re let go from a job, we have relationship issues, or we’re dealt a new obstacle that we didn’t ask for.
Eight years ago I had a lot on my TO DO list when out of the blue I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a matter of weeks my entire world was turned upside down. I had a son away at college and a daughter in the 5th grade. Giving in to the cancer was not an option. I went through a long year of surgeries, chemo and radiation … I lost my hair and even my spirit for a while – BUT I was lucky. I had a great support system. Sometimes the worst thing that can happen to us can turn out to be one of the best. That doesn’t mean I’d ever want to endure cancer again, but I do believe in looking for a positive in every situation and in my case there were plenty. Often it’s how we rise to a challenge that defines our character.
I’ve learned the importance of milestones; like getting my health back, becoming a cancer advocate, finding my voice through my writing, accepting that there will always be things in my life I cannot control, and birthdays. A lot of people are intimidated by age, but not me. I’m thrilled to have celebrated 50. It’s important to embrace each new milestone that comes your way with excitement and pride; whether it’s your child’s high school or college graduation, a wedding, or when you achieve something that is important to you. Always celebrate and live each day to the fullest.
Jennifer Meyers is a proud supporter of “A Beautiful Me®”, a wife, mother, cancer survivor, and Macomb Daily Blogging Partner. Her blog can be found at ANewSeasonOfInsights.blogspot.com or www.Facebook.com/ANewSeasonOfInsights.