For the first time in my life, I did not make any New Year’s resolutions. I tried to write resolutions on January 1st, as I always do. My daughter asked me repeatedly what I wanted to achieve in 2014. Normally these delicious conversations would start at the beginning of the day and continue through the night. Then I would reflect on these discussions and write down my resolutions in a brand, new spanking journal. But each time I tried to talk about, or write down my resolutions, I could not make myself do it. Very strange!
For inspiration, I looked at my bucket list from 2013: http://wp.me/p2hqhE-lC
One of my biggest goals was to serve on the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Board. Well, I’ve started towards that goal: Nagib and I are on the Executive Committee for the MM5K Walk, raising funds for Multiple Myeloma research at The Princess Margaret. Woo hoo! I did not write a book, but did make a movie of my journey with cancer. This movie premiered on Thanksgiving Day: http://wp.me/p2hqhE-rW.
In April, we watched the Blue Jays play at the new Yankee Stadium in New York. Thanks to my friend Naz, I am able to swim (somewhat) and can float beautifully! With the help of Chef Russell and my mom, I’ve become handy in the kitchen and can whip up some good meals. I got to meet the Property Brothers at the National Home Show last fall.
I recently received my Senior OD practitioner designation, while I was recovering from my stem cell transplant.
Cancer inspired me to go after my dreams and hold them in both hands. And then it occurred to me. The reason I could not write my resolutions this year is because I didn’t feel a need to. I am living my resolutions every day, on purpose, with conviction. I didn’t need a list of “to do’s” to give my life direction. This is probably the greatest gift that cancer has given me. It forced me to confront what was important and where I needed to focus my attention.
I invite you to watch a segment of Munira’s Journey on “You Get What You Focus On.” Please click the link below.