Day 80: Appreciate Life, Appreciate Your Self, Appreciate Others.
Big old 80 eh.
100 burpees done.
Some self-care stuff done.
Today I kind of want to talk about what is important in life.
Sometimes we not only take others for granted but we take ourselves for granted too. Its strange I’ve been thinking about a lot of stuff today.
After hearing about the extremely sad passing of Chadwick Boseman aka King T’Chala of Wakanda the Black Panther (so heart breaking) I was thinking about life and its shortness, as I have been all… well actually I always think about these things because I’m just like that. Call me morbid I don’t care, but I do think about death a lot and of course after that poor baby died outside of my house last week its very fresh in my mind.
But I was thinking about how we live and what we do day to day. Our outlook on life and if we really cherish it enough and what we do to show that we cherish life.
I didn’t realise that Chadwick Boseman had been suffering or fighting colon cancer for 4 years. 4 years! Who would have thought that while he was making the Black Panther movie, Avengers and other films that he was battling with his actual life?
This is mind blowing.
But it’s really not unique.
And that’s what is amazing.
There was a young man called Ali Banat, an Australian Muslim who was in his early 20s I think when he found out that he had stage for cancer. He had everything, he was rich, good looking and had everything this world could offer. When he got the news that he had cancer he didn’t sit asking why me? He completely and dramatically changed his life.
He decided that even though he had been rich he hadn’t really done all he could to make an impact, a lasting impact in this world. He decided to use his wealth to build villages in I think two west African countries (Togo and somewhere else, you can check him out online I don’t know all the facts because my memory isn’t great) to support orphans and widows. Not just any types of villages but self-sustainable villages which have their own proper communities resources etc. he set up a charity called MATW which helps people in need all over the world.
I think the doctors had originally given him like 6 months to live or something but he ended up live for 4 years or so. You can check out his story here, it really is fascinating.
I also know a lady who had been battling with lung cancer for over 20 years. She’s never smoked a cigarette in her life, but she’s been battling a good chunk of her life with a disease that also took her husband and left her with 3 young children to raise alone.
I follow another young man on Instagram and YouTube he is battling with cancer too. I don’t know that much about him but he is a teacher and has started his own school and has a young family. It just amazes me how resilient and strong human beings are.
We are strong and resilient and I think that we often don’t appreciate ourselves enough.
I often hear people say: Oh! I could never do that, I’m too lazy to do something like that or I’m not clever enough, I don’t know where to start.
We don’t appreciate ourselves. The potential that each one of us has inside that is waiting to be unleashed. What will it take for us all to really fulfil our potential in life and live a life beyond the narrow perceptions of ourselves that we have been blinded by due to toxic relationships with others or worse still our worst enemy which is often ourselves?
The reality is you can do it
I can do it
We can do it.
And what is it? The ‘it’ is what you have to decide. What is the ‘it’ that you can achieve and the legacy that you will leave behind?
It is amazing being inspired and blown away by the achievements of others in the most desperate and hardest situations and times. But we should aim to be blown away by ourselves, not to become prideful or arrogant, but to be humbled by the abilities that God has given us. That potential that lies inside of all of us to achieve great things.
We never know what we are truly capable of doing sometimes unless we are literally staring death in the face.
Life is short.
And life is bigger than just our own selves, and we still haven’t achieved our full potential.