As human beings we often get STUCK! ...in the same routines, eating the same foods, going to the same places, talking to the same people... Our lives become predictable and a little boring. There is no longer the thrill of a new ... anything. What kind of life is that? Can that truly be considered LIVING?! For the most part we are 'happy' but something seems to be missing. We're not sure what, but there is a restlessness, a nagging sense of dissatisfaction.
As a survivor of anything life threatening, you gain a certain 'wisdom' about life. Simply because you see its frailty and realise nothing should be taken for granted, especially time. A good/bad life isn't guaranteed to any of us. To often the 'good life' is equated with what a person has and how popular that person may be. Yet we see popular millionaires taking there own lives and living destructively. Is this the true definition of 'the good life'.
I remember living in an apartment with my mum and two sisters with no furniture other than our beds and being blissfully happy. No living room suite, sometimes no money for bus fare so I had to stay home from school. But I was happy! According to many that cannot be seen as 'the good life' but to me, it didn't get any better.
When you have fought for your life and won there is a desire for MORE. We consider all that we fantasized about and seek to achieve as much of it as we can. Unfortunately as time goes on we can sometime get STUCK all over again. As a 'new' survivor you have a thirst to 'conquer' the world, yet, that feeling wanes with time. You find yourself ten years into your 'survivorship', no closer to "taking that cruise around the world" than you were 3 years before your diagnosis.
When you received your diagnosis you realised there was so much you had not done with your life, you make promises to yourself and to God "if I live through this I will..." how much have you done from the list of things that you promised.
I personally have accomplished some but I want MORE! I too have become stuck and am currently in the process of shaking myself loose to get moving once again. Because the truth is, it extremely easy to let "life just happen" (get stuck) rather than consciously setting yourself a task and going after it with everything in you. That would take dedication, fortitude, vision... To let life happen, on the other hand, requires your mere existence, nothing more.
I dare you to want more! To seek more! Because it isn't enough to want it, we must actively pursue it. There is much more to life than you (or I) are currently experiencing. If you fought for your life, don't you think the least you deserve is the best it has to offer? Your battle was not easy, neither was it fun. For some of us it was extremely long and arduous. After that experience, I have determined that I want nothing but the best life can give me otherwise; WHAT WAS THE FIGHT FOR?!?!?!?!?!?!
Live a life of purpose and emotional prosperity. You deserve nothing less.