You could spend a life time wondering why things happened the way the did, or you can go out and make things happen the way you want them too. You first have to stop and give respect to outside forces throughout your life that will twist, turn and reshape not only the direction you think you should be going in, but the very mindset it takes to get through them.Being diagnosed with cancer, now twice in my life, has shaped and molded an approach to life that is different then the way I felt before I was diagnosed. I'm quite certain, I've taken things for granted, assumed I deserved things in my life, and didn't do nearly as much as I do now to preserve, respect and approach life like it could end tomorrow.The most imporatant thing you can do as an individual in this world, is to offer something productive back to it. We have a responsibility and we should feel honored to do this. I feel honored to be alive and to have the opportunity to help others in their fight...and the only way to truly embrace this is to lead by example. I think of my son, my family, my friends and all those who support me...and I owe them the respect of honoring their belief in me as well as honoring the fact that I'm still here...that gives me time to help others.Yes, I've been knocked down, knocked over, pushed aside and have had to go the long way to get where I'm at right now...but it's also those very things that have shaped me to be the man that I am today. I'm a force. I'm strong. I believe in my heart, that my time here on this earth isn't for excess, rather, experience. Finally...of all the quotes I've read in my life about getting knocked down, or finding hope in your life, or perserverence, dilligence and determination...the one I like best is from the movie The Count of Monte Cristo. This is slightly changed here, but it's a good one:
"Life is a storm. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout! Do your worst, for I will do mine!"