“Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.”
-From A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In our society there is so much pressure to be “successful”, to “win”, to be “perfect” and to expect the same of our children. Cancer has taught me to let go of these quixotic fallacies because they only lead to a lifetime of disappointment and stress. I am returning to my true nature of intuition, instinct, acceptance. Acceptance is not defeat. It is moving where the current takes you. It is becoming one with that energy.