I’m quoting from a book I read last month, “The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield, which made a lot of sense to me:
“Have you ever heard this story: Woman learns she has cancer, six months to live. Within days she quits her job, resumes her dream of writing Tex-Mex songs she gave up to raise a family (or starts studying classical Greek, or moves to the inner city and devotes herself to tending babies with AIDS). Woman’s friends think she’s crazy; she herself has never been happier. There’s a postscript. Woman’s cancer goes into remission.”
Does this sound familiar? Why do we have to wait until these type of situations in order to get our lives in order, in order to do what truly moves us and transcend. Why?
Is that what it takes for us to realize we need to take care of our priorities and that our priority number one is the actual pursuit of happiness? I invite you to reflect on this common story, and think about where you are right now and where do you want to be.
Lance Armstrong was detected cancer and the doctor’s told him that he had a 40% survival rate. We would probably not remember much of a cyclist who had cancer, but we remember him because he went into remission based on what he was doing, he was getting ready, the timing was perfect, the news made him tap into the world and commit to doing his mission in life. After recuperating, he went on and won the Tour of France in a record setting fashion (7 times in a row), a record hard to beat.
Not only that, but he started a mass movement. A movement that would be bigger than himself, reaching thousands of people through massive funding to help cancer research. He made sure that people would be proud to wear the LIVESTRONG band.
Now, if Lance Armstrong could recover from cancer in less than two years, move on to win the Tour of France seven years in a row, and help fund millions of dollars for cancer research, what makes us think that we can’t do anything. We have all the legs, hands, heads, knowledge that we need to succeed. We can all chase our dreams, and with the proper dedication dreams can be accomplished sooner. So don’t wait to do what you want to do, don’t wait to be the person you want to be, don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t wait, why wait?
Your comments are always welcome, and I hope you are having a great weekend.
All my best,