“ As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.”
How do you find hope when you become an exclusive member of a club you would rather not belong to?
I had to find a way to remain hopeful on a daily basis. It suddenly dawned on me that there is a way to remain hopeful despite the odds.
When I wake up in the morning, I instinctively open the curtains and see what the weather is like outside. Even though I do not have control over the weather out there, the disposition of the weather can influence the way I feel.
My ritual in the morning is to put the radio on, listen to some humour and good music and dance around the room so I feel energised and happy. If it is raining, snowing, windy, sunny or all of the above, I will dress appropriately before I leave home. What I try to avoid is to let something that I do not have control over i.e. the weather dictate the way I feel. I consciously choose the attitude with which I embrace each day.
Hope enables me to find meaning that transcends my day to day challenges.
I find joy in giving back to the community and I have built my hope around it. A hope of a retreat where cancer survivors can have peer to peer support and have a set of tools made available to them to face their unique challenges. A place where they learn how to feel good about themselves again. A community within which they can find help on their thriving journey. Having that hope is what keeps me going !
Whatever you do, never give up and keep trying!