In the January 2012 issue of Glamour there are two articles that scare the hell out of me.
The first is about a woman who was living her life as normal until one day she felt as though she was coming down with a flu of some sort. After passing out for a while she was rushed to the nearest hospital to get checked over. Turns out, she had a brain tumor – that had been undiscovered for 20 years.
The risks in surgery to remove the tumor were high. There was a real potential of losing the ability to speak or move any part of her body’s right hand side.
The second article was yet another woman, who had undetected cervical cancer for a number of years.
Both of these women were leading normal lives and woke up one day to the terrifying reality that they could die.
Reading these articles put me in such a downer. As a compulsive worrier/anxietist, it got me thinking about the vast amount of health problems in existence today, frankly any day could be the day that your life turns upside down.
I decided I would turn my mentality into that of a positive one. After all, both of these women survived to tell the tale. They are now living much more fulfilling lives than ever before.
And I had another thought.
If I had one month, a year or even a few years to live – how would I spend the time?
If you can honestly say to yourself that you would like to continue in your chosen career or job with the limited time you had left, you are on the most inspiring track of brilliance in your life.
When your work means that much to you (whether it’s because you believe in it with all your heart, or it provides good in the world, or because it fills you with joy) you put everything into it. All your creative juice, all your energy, all your passion and all your love.
You commit to constant improvement because you can’t imagine doing anything else.
When all of the above is true, you are guaranteed for success.
If I had a short time to live, would I still be writing about “how to be glamorous”? Maybe – I do think writing about such a topic inspires and empowers women to reach high in life. To squeeze everything out of it and enjoy it to the absolute max. But I would make sure to write about inspiring things, about how to achieve your dreams. To inspire women everywhere or, at least, to put a smile on somebody’s face or to make them change something for the better.
And that is why I have written you this post today. The truth is, we are all using up limited time. We don’t know how much we have left. Commit to your passion. Only do things that fill your heart, and the hearts of others, with joy.
And you’ll find that your guaranteed success will only be a bonus.
Image thanks to Sharon Pruitt.