The week started off with the news that David Bowie had died of cancer and those who grew up with the hits and music, were shocked and saddened, and those who knew of his name but not iconic status, didn’t understand the fuss. As his greatest hits played on news bulletins and across radio stations, we were reminded of his music, fashion and creativity. It was also the week Alan Rickman died at the same age also from cancer, and Celine Dion’s husband passed, again from cancer, and her brother two days later.
It reminds me of family and friends who have both survived and died from cancer and how fragile life can be and it reminds me to take my Monday Mindfulness writer Brenda Shankey’s advice and make the best we can of life every day. To live in the present and not worry about the learning experiences, both good and not so good that made us who we are today.
To realise that each day is what we make it, so do your best to make it better. To do whatever it takes to help you feel great, even though some days you really don’t want to feel great. And to remember that it’s OK not to feel so great as well and that the next hour or day could be awesome.
We all have our ways to cope with our own personal world. For me it’s something as simple as just sitting at the beach or park, escaping in to the world of another writer, or enjoying my feel-good music, or just sitting in the garden watching that little Robin flying about, or watching the wind making the tree sway, or even watching the raindrops splash into a puddle. A lot of the time though, catching up with friends for a chat is the best solution to get those good vibes flowing.
Here’s to all of our support networks, love and the circle of life!
By Jeff Meredith
‘Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now’
Lazarus, David Bowie