In April my ex-husband passed away after a very short battle with cancer. It’s an unusual expression – to ‘battle’ with cancer. There was no battle. The cancer was cunning. It arrived unannounced and spread its evil through his body without fanfare. By the time he was aware that he was under attack, it was too late. It was short and brutal and devastating. He was only 54 and he has left behind our three beautiful, very young adult children to try to come to terms with a chasmal loss that they don’t yet fully appreciate.
Life is too short.
That’s another unusual expression, which I have for far too long been using all wrong. I have used it too casually, too dismissively, too loosely. I have used it as a throw-away line to explain why I am doing something quite inconsequential that really has very little importance to anyone or anything – such as— I’m going to eat this donut because ‘life’s too short’.
For mine, it’s time to pay greater respect to the expression. Life is too short. In way too many ways that have absolutely nothing at all to do with eating donuts. Life is too short to the point where we need to focus exactly on what is most important to us and those we most love because frankly, life is too short not to do exactly that.
So, I’m making some changes.
Life is too short – so I’m going to:
Love my kids every single minute
Swim every day
Stand up for myself
Eat lollies (not donuts)
Set and smash audacious goals
Do one incredible ‘first for me’ every year
Focus on the right things at the right time
Get 10 hours of sleep every night
Have a weekly massage
Stay out of email
Say No when I might otherwise have said Yes
Say Yes when I might otherwise have said No
Charge what I’m worth
Stop spending money on stuff I don’t need
Declutter, simplify and streamline
Stop caring who will take the bins out
Stop investing my precious time on the wrong tasks
Stop investing my precious time on the wrong people
Reject being complacent
Embrace being courageous
Focus on what makes me happy
Stop sweating the small stuff
Stop sweating some of the big stuff
Ensure I don’t tread water waiting for something better to come along
Focus on my mental health
Spend winter in the sun because I don’t like being cold
Hang with my kids exactly when they want to hang
Value my values
Work less and less and play more and more
Get rid of the clothes I never wear
Spend a lot of time with my dad
Honour my posse of awesome women
Buy an amazing apartment in the city which has 2 bedrooms which then semi-forces my kids to move out and start living their best lives (in their own houses)
Tell my kids that I love them every single day even when they are shitting me
Never hold grudges
Check for lumps
Read every day
Let go of possessions that no longer bring me joy
Cuddle and kiss my kids every chance I get
Stop feeling guilty for choosing takeaway over cooking
De-vest in toxic people
Spend time with my beautiful sisters
Lie under the doona all day watching movies when the mood strikes
Stop living my second best life and start living my best life
Help other people design and live their best lives
Life is simply too short to do otherwise.
Written by Kate Christie.
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