Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you aren’t unhappy but, you just feel stuck and like you’re just going through the motions of the day? I was feeling like that for a short time and I finally had a come to Jesus talk with myself. Literally, I was in the bathroom having a very stern conversation with myself much like I would with my 2-year-old. Haha!
My biggest thing was identifying why I felt like I was stuck. When I finally decided to be honest with myself it was like a weight being lifted off my chest. I ‘ve always been a people pleaser. I want my coworkers to like me, I want to be the favorite in the family, I want to be the best friend I can be, I’m even that person who wants to stay “friends” with my ex’s because I don’t want to hurt their feelings. I decided to stop living for other people and start living for myself and let me tell you, it’s SO refreshing. I decided to break off relationships with friends and people in my life that were barely hanging on by a thread. I made it a point to communicate better and address the problems within my relationship so that my family could thrive and be the best that we could be. I finally let go of my past and looked at nothing but my future.
Working at BCCA, I’ve had the pleasure of reading so many of the survivor stories that these strong women have so graciously shared with us. I feel that I owe it to all of them that I’ve finally decided to live my best life. These women who are battling such a horrible disease are some of the happiest, most optimistic, and loving women I’ve ever spoken with. They do not let Breast Cancer define them or their life. Since working here, I’ve heard time and time again from every woman “This is only a chapter in my life, not the whole story. This too shall pass.” Thank you to every beautiful soul who helped plant the seed in my heart and mind, who helped remind me that life is only as great as you make it.