Photo: Christina Ferrada
Too often in life, we’re so focused on getting from point A to point B that we neglect to appreciate what happens along the way. But what if we took time to enjoy the process?
Processes aren’t always fun. And certainly some people respect them more than others do. Processes can be trying and discouraging.
However, if we allow ourselves to look around at our circumstances while enduring the zigzags that take us to our destination (let’s be real, it’s hardly ever a straight line), we might find gems along the way — and create some memories too.
When I went through breast cancer treatments, I simply wanted to get from point A to point B and hurry the process along. But I couldn’t. The remedy to my cancer required various treatments at different times in an orderly fashion to get me to where I am today. This process took a full two years, and I couldn’t rush it, no matter how hard I tried.
So instead, I had to learn to find the good in the somewhat devastating, definitely trying, times. And you know what? I gained a greater appreciation for my loved ones. I realized the respite out-of-town adventures can bring. I began to take advantage of the opportunities I had to experience life to its fullest.
Ultimately, I learned that life is a gift, and it’s important to enjoy the journey. I may never get another opportunity like I have today. So I need to appreciate it and not take it for granted.
You can read about my breast cancer journey in my recently released book, “Help! I’m a Science Project,” available at CreateSpace and Amazon. And in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, $1 from each book sale through Oct. 26 will be donated to Team Long Live the Girls in its effort to raise funds for breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"