Now and then we had the hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be Pirates. – Mark Twain
This quote reminds me of the importance and the value to the human spirit of taking time to adventure. Life is so short – made shorter by cancer. My father’s life had been reduced from living it, to struggling to survive it. I know that deep down he still had the desire to canoe the Yukon – to go off in search of one last adventure.
Go! Be a Pirate
When each day feels like a struggle to survive, exhausted from the latest treatment, fatigue and worry – there needs to be a reset button – whether the caregiver or the patient – I believe we cannot afford to not go off in search of buried treasure, to seek a new adventure, to take to the seas, the mountains and the rivers – whether an hour, a day, a week. Take a brief interlude to discover the value to the human spirit of adventuring so that we don’t forget to live life while in the midst of adversity. Go! and forget about the latest clinical trial, the results of the most recent blood test. Put down your laptops and cell phones, put aside your supplements, Boost and Ensure, and embark on an adventure to disengage from the crisis at hand – go be a pirate for an hour, a day, a week…