"You were made for so much more than sitting on the sidelines" -Mandisa "Waiting for Tomorrow."
That lyric speaks to me loud and clear lately. It reminds me to make every day count, and stop putting things off and live life fully. I'm inspired lately by a woman who is doing just that.
As a new mom, she discovered that she had cancer. She was forced to slow down. Now she's writing this blog about her experience, Mommy Has Cancer. I was really moved by this one, "14 Ways to Start Taking Better Care of Yourself"
She had been doing what so many women do, care for themselves last. She had rescheduled many doctor appointments, ignored little aches and pains, ate quick unhealthy food on the run, and never treated herself.
But, once she recovered from surgery, she made some changes and started caring for herself too.
She's eating healthy, taking vitamins, setting aside time for quiet time, reading more books, and getting regular massages. She also said she's learning to savor sleep and become more grateful.
She said, "it has occurred to me more than once that I'm doing the things for myself that I should have been doing all along. I did not have to get sick to make self-care a priority, but that's basically what happened. What is a better investment than one's self? Because if we fail to do that, none of the rest of it really matters."