Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Expiry Date

a sneak peek at the first yarns for A Good Yarn:  Rayon....

Got the box of yarns to do some of the 'samples' for A Good Yarn: Rayon.  As you can see I was charmed by the rosy-green palette this time round.  More 'summery' colours, influenced by the season?

This week I am also back to the cancer clinic for the next of my maintenance Rituximab treatments.  Fortunately there are zero 'side effects' to this drug - as I understand it, it is more of a support for the immune system than trying to seek out and eradicate the cancer cells.  I'm all for helping the body find it's own balance.  But trying to fit these treatments into my schedule is proving a bit of a challenge with all my trips and of course, the whole cancer experience comes to the fore of my mind instead of just hovering in the back.

So I am thinking once again about time and how precious it is.   We have to remember that we all come with expiry dates and since none of us knows precisely that that date is, we need to take care to stay in the present as much as possible, enjoy the time we have been given and make the most of our lives.

I have been blessed in that I discovered my passion early (age 25) and was able to re-arrange my life so that I could actually live my passion as a full time occupation as well as my avocation.  People sometimes ask me if I never takes breaks.  Well, of course I do.  But when what you are doing is what makes your little heart go pitty-pat, why would you want to take too long of a break?  :^)

My husband, bless his heart, is counting the days to retirement while my retirement plan has always been to do more of the same - or variations thereof.  No, I don't plan to 'retire' in order to do what I love.  I'm already doing it.

Sure there are aspects of this that don't engage me as much as other aspects, but it's all related to my life as a creative person.  I can make all I want - it also has to be sold (the most difficult part for me).

We must learn to love our passions enough to believe in our dreams and work to make them come true.  To paraphrase:

If not now, when?  If not you, who?

Our happiness comes not from others but only from within ourselves and it is in our own hands.  Carpe diem, as they say.

Currently reading Uniform Justice by Donna Leon


Brenda said...

I chuckled when you used the term Expiry Date because it's been one often referred to in our household. When my husband was first diagnosed with his cancer, I assured his mother that all would be well because despite thorough searching I'd yet to find his Best Before date (or Expiry Date, depending on the conversation) tattooed anywhere on his body.

Best of luck with your treatments.

Laura Fry said...

Looks like you've been having fun with the bikes and the hot weather. :)