I have a friend, Mike L. whom I admire, support, and love, and he’s been careworn with serious health issues for several years now. He wrote and shared the following piece with me. I thought it was profound, particularly when you consider the place he is coming from.
Mike L. gave me permission and rights to post it, so I’m sharing it with you. You probably are not exactly in the place Mike is in but anyone struggling with health issues will identify with what he’s saying. As a caregiver, I certainly do and appreciate his advice.
I’ve been battling liver failure and waiting on a transplant for a while now. I am also now confronted with battling cancer as well. This process has given me time to really reflect on life. Here are some of the things I’ve come to realize.
- Let those you love know they are loved every chance you get. None of us knows what may happen in the future.
- Work to live. Don’t live to work. The memories you make will last far longer than the material things you may pass on.
- Make time to take good care of yourself (you may come to find that you want those extra years on the back end rather than living it up on the front end).
- Travel and learn about other cultures, focusing on the things that unite us rather than divide us.
- Be respectful of others opinions. You may not always agree with them, but it may allow you to see something in a completely new way that you have never thought of.
- Often the world only unites when faced with a tragedy. Politics, by their nature, tend to create divisions. The world is at its best when following the Golden Rule.
- Even when you are at your lowest, remember that there are still others who are facing bigger battles and lend a kind word or helping hand whenever you are able. Your life will be blessed and someday you may be that person needing help.
- Work tirelessly to see that one day only “human” is listed under race. It won’t be easy, but what a wonderful world it would be if we got there.
- Celebrate diversity. Stop spending so much energy and time criminalizing, penalizing and stigmatizing things that aren’t just like you.
- When it is your time to go, seriously think about organ donation. It could possibly give someone a second chance at life. It is one of the most selfless acts possible. Please check out The following link to learn more about how you can help: https://share.upmc.com/2018/09/living-liver-donation-at-upmc
Some of this stuff Mike writes here will be obvious to some of you but not everyone. That’s the point of this post. Me, I agree and appreciate each point he brings up. I hope it helps you, too.