Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

What Makes Your Life Bigger?

Some people believe that size matters, and that may be true in certain circumstances…like your life.  Our tendency is to live our lives by routine and safety.  How many times have you heard friends, family, or co-workers talk about being in a rut?  If you pay attention you’ll be surprised how many people are on auto-pilot and are simply getting by because anything else would either be too much work or too difficult.

One of the things about being diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening illness is that there’s probably nothing in your life that you could imagine would be more difficult.  That being the case sitting and living a life of complacency is truly a slow death.  The health challenge has unmasked many questions about how you will live your life and nothing could be more important than to expand upon the life you’re living.

Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t about creating a “bucket list” ( a list of all the things you want to accomplish before you ‘kick the bucket’).  This is about creating an inner treasure hunt that will expose parts of you that were dormant or underdeveloped.  It’s an opportunity to be silly, extravagant, or cutting edge all in the hope of exposing the deeper parts of you to the world.  We’re not talking about the legacy you’ll leave behind, but the example your setting while your living the best life possible.

I was just listening to a report about Patrick Swayze’s autobiography.  In the last month of his life, he went into the recording studio at his home and he and his wife recorded the audio version of the book.  He wanted to keep contributing to the world for as long as possible.  He had a goal and was determined to see it to fruition.  It was his next big thing, unfortunately it was also his last.

Whatever you decide to do make sure that it’s in alignment with your values.  You’re not trying to become something you’re not…you’re just trying to become more of who you are!


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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