Aug 31 2009
When life seems unfair and you’re in a dark place, it’s good to take a moment and reflect on the good things that you do have.
Some words of wisdom from Vancouver writer Derek Miller, 40 years old, on survival and the importance of taking happiness where you can find it:
If I were (for instance) 75 years old now, it would be easier to accept what cancer has done to me, and to acknowledge that living (for example) another five years would be a pretty good achievement. I’m trying to think more like that—not to be fatalistic, but to be pragmatic, to know that while I’ll keep fighting, without radical new treatments or some very good luck, it’s probably a losing battle. But that’s not a failure.
I’m sitting on the back porch in the sun, drinking a coffee. In a few minutes I’ll help my kids make some cake. It’s a good life.