“Life wouldn’t have been necessarily empty, but it would not have looked like this.” – Lance Armstrong, on life after cancer.
“You don’t know it yet,” he wrote, “but we’re the lucky ones.” – Lance Armstrong, Not About the Bike
I occasionally receive a comment that I never quite know how to respond to: “I wish I could see the world like you do.”
I’m flattered, truly, but I think y’all are giving me more credit than I deserve. I mean, when I hear that, it sounds like you think I have everything figured out.
Allow me to correct you: I have very little ‘figured out.’ I’m as flawed as they come. Cancer didn’t change that.
I make mistakes. I overthink. I fail at things, sometimes epically. I panic before doctor’s appointments. Sometimes I sulk and withdraw from everyone. I yell at my kids too much for making messes. I don’t watch the news because it stresses me out. And that’s just the beginning.
But, hey, you want to see the world like I do? Ok. Here are ten ways to do that:
So that’s it. Ten ways to see the world as I do. Really all of these boil down to one:
This applies to everything. Parenting, exercise, choosing a book, whatever. Sometimes there is a perfect, right way to do something. Putting the roll of toilet paper on the roller, for example (rolling over the top, in case you were wondering; anything else is the work of the devil). Comparing yourself to others is fine if it helps you be a better version of yourself.
But for everything else, *shrug*, do you own thing. That’s how to see life like I do.