I was texting with a long-time friend the other day. We are fortunate to be part of a girlfriend group that goes back over 50 years. We went to the same junior high, high school, and college. We even roomed together our sophomore year. And we are both nurses.
In addition to this shared history, we are the only ones in our small group to have had cancer and are happy to be survivors. I’m a little further down the survivor path than she is. She recently had scans, blood work, and doctor’s appointments. She is all clear and now has a breather on her next follow-up tests. We were commiserating about how stressful and anxiety provoking this process is! You can feel just fine, but never quite know until the results are in……
We both agree that we are grateful for this time!
Our classmates are starting to pass way and we both know friends who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis.
That brings me to a recent article about Laura Linney in Spry Living Magazine. She played a teacher diagnosed with terminal cancer. That portrayal made her think about time and the value of it:
It made me respect time more – no one is entitled to it, and it’s a privilege to age. It’s a privilege to grow old. Not everyone gets to do that.Laura Linney
I think she might be onto something!
Author Anne Lamott just turned 68. She talks about how she wasn’t born yesterday and how much she has seen in her life, some of it negative.
So, what does that leave? The answer is simple: A few very best friends with whom you can share your truth. That’s the main thing……also, getting outside and looking up and around….and taking a sack of canned goods over to the food pantry, and helping pick up trash…..Anne Lamott
I think it is wise to see aging as a privilege…..especially considering the alternative!