When life gets richer

Posted on February 2nd, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

In the last few days I have been seeing this year coming up as being far more than about being sick. It has come about recently I suppose due to the way that I am able to be treated in a way that still allows me to get other things done. At the moment, chemotherapy is quite manageable, but this is how it is for me at this moment.

For others, similar treatment is a focus, there is no choice, and I am sure my time will come. I do not want to make it seem that I think such therapy is easy as there are so many different types of chemo and so many ways that different people respond to it. For me though, at this time, I feel like I am getting through it with minimal disruption to the rest of our lives.

I have been finding it really rewarding to be doing other projects while I have been having treatment. I have been working on a variety of projects involving educational web development, silver jewellery design, an online urban/community development forum, a local newspaper production, documentary making and trying to motivate myself to do some languages and music learning/recording. Now I do realise that there are a lot of things to do to get these all going and maintained, but this year is a good year to get them going.

I think the opportunity that I have in the moment of being sick, but not too debilitated, has given me a greater fire in my belly to get things done. They are the same passions that I have had for years. It is just that now, that some other options are limited, I know what projects I can realistically accomplish and I am very excited by them. I am surrounded by people also that are very supportive and passionate about the same kind of ideas, and I am loving working with them.

Also, aside from being sick, I am seeing this year as being a big year because of what I can see happening in the lives of my family and friends. It is an exciting time of deepening of relationships, having babies, moving houses, starting new jobs, starting new projects, chewing over faith issues, settling down, stirring up, enjoying stability, being shaken up. It begs the question why do we need TV soaps, celebrity gossip, reality tv etc. to stimulate this part of our brain (sorry, did I just say stimulate ?) when there should be more than enough in our own lives and the lives of those around us to engage us in life.

Talking about engaging in life, I hope you have been having many pleasant Gregorian Chanting experiences over this week. I personally got banned within the first few days of the dedicated week, but I didn’t want to dampen anyone else’s excitement/enjoyment during this time.


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