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Wishing You A Boring 2015!

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Hey, I know that is not the typical greeting that you get this time of the year, but let me explain. If you are anything like me, you probably approach each new year thinking, “This is going to be MY year! Enough of this shit. This is the year that I’m finally going to……(pick one):

-meet my soul mate

-lose weight

-kick that addiction

-run a marathon

-get rich

-learn how to play the guitar

-rescue panda cubs in China”

I could go on and on, but you get the picture. We set these unrealistic goals for ourselves and then most likely end up disappointed. Let’s face it, for example, the likelihood of you actually meeting a panda cub in need of rescuing is about the same as the likelihood of meeting an ugly Kardashian. Not going to happen. Yet we lay there in bed on January 31st, dreaming of all the exotic possibilities that lie before us, like a big sheet of blank paper waiting to be colored with the most memorable year of our lives!

As I reflect back over the years of my life, there are some that hold a special place in my memory because of something wonderful that happened, like having my children (1995, 1997, 2005); getting a new job (1998); and moving into my dream home (2003). Then there are many other years that hold painful memories, like my marriage ending (2002); Ben’s diagnosis of autism (2008); and my diagnosis of cancer (2011). However, in my 47 years on this planet, most of them hold no specific, life-altering memory. Like 1988, for example. Nada. I do know that I was 20 years old and in my third year of University, but as for any special memories of that year, whether good or bad, I do not have the one. It was just one of the many, regular old uneventful, boring years of my life. The same can be said for 1977, 1994, 2009 and many other years. And guess what? It is for those years that I am grateful. I am grateful because no terrible misfortune befell me that year to forever scar it in my memory.

Will 2015 be a memorable year for you? Sure, it could be the year that you actually meet your soul mate or win the lottery, but maybe not. Hopefully 2015 will also NOT be the year that you are diagnosed with a terrible disease, lose someone you love, or experience financial ruin. My wish for you is that 2015 is one of those regular old boring years that makes up the majority of our lives; the years for which we all need to be grateful. Boring New Year!



Perk # 48: Cancer Shook Up My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year

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.