Well, it is that time of year again, time to take stock of our weaknesses and vices and vow that THIS year is going to be different! My New Year’s resolutions, like most people’s, have been pretty standard:
A Exercise more/ get in shape
B Eat healthier
C Drink less
D All of the above
Boooorrrring! Even though I don’t actually smoke, sometimes I will add “Quit smoking”, because I’m pretty sure that is one I can really commit to. Come March when all of the other ideals have fallen by the wayside, and my friends are moaning about breaking their New Year’s resolutions, at least I can say, “I haven’t had a smoke so far this year!”
For the first time in my life, I am starting a new year with cancer. The perk is, after twenty or more years of broken resolutions, I know that THIS is the year I will honour them. Here they are:
A Stay alive (that encompasses all of the old resolutions regarding eating, drinking and exercising)
How can I be sure that I will really do it this year? Well, just imagine that your resolution is to be able to run a mile. But it is hard to train for that because, you know, you get your period, your knees hurt, it rains, and so on, rendering it impossible to stick to your goal. Then one day, you are walking in the woods and suddenly a bear pops up behind you. Voila! The adrenaline kicks in and you run a mile back to your car. Well, cancer is that bear, and I am running for my life, so I’m pretty sure I will do it this time.
Just in case it doesn’t work out, I would like to add:
B Quit smoking.
Tip: Cancer is a great wake up call! You have to treat your body like a temple. Even if you are like me and have been living a “healthy-ish” lifestyle, there is always room for improvement.