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Are You Really Living Your Life?

07/16/2014 04:25 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2014

If the average human life span were 40 years, how would you live your life differently? How would you have lived your life differently? Have you thought about that? If you have, when was the last time you did? What would you do, if you knew you could not fail? Don't wait until the conditions are perfect to begin doing something different. Actually beginning-makes the conditions perfect. Do and you will accomplish!

There are those of you out there that have been touched by life altering situations and have survived. Those of you who know how short life is! It's important to put your talents, efforts and energy towards what you would like to accomplish. If you haven't thought about how short life is-it's definitely worth thinking about. I'm a brain cancer survivor. I was first diagnosed almost 24 years ago -- much of that time because of where both my body and mind had been obliged to visit, I felt both physically and mentally aged beyond my years. This often happens when you become severely ill. I would of course never have chosen this proverbial card in "My Game of Life," but that card did make me think more about the time I have in this world-who I'm with and what I'm doing while I'm here. It taught me to take chances, because if you don't, you'll never know how successful and positive those chosen things could turn out to be. I take chances because if you don't-you can't be sure when you'll have that opportunity again. None of us possess this guarantee. We look away from life's reality. My illness gifted me that lesson. We should try, to the best of our ability, to do sooner what we wish and are able to do...not later. When is later? How long is that? We spend so much time doing the things we don't like doing. What about the things we do like doing?

Is there somewhere you want to travel that you haven't yet been to? Have you wanted to take a painting class? Do you want to write a book? Maybe you want to adopt a dog or a cat? Get married or divorced? Sell your house? Buy a house? What are you waiting for? Ask yourself why you've waited? Some things may not be so quickly obtainable, but many things definitely are. Do you think you'll do it next year, in two years, five years? How long have you been telling yourself that? Life is too short. There are things I've wanted to do that have seemed impossible at the time, but I knew that if I didn't do them then, there was no telling if I'd be able to do them later. I've done quite a few of those things. I walked 250 miles from my house in New York to Boston to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer. During that walk, I also was able to take in the New England Fall foliage and meet amazing people along the way. I've changed my career and become a Transformational Coach to help others going through many different life altering events in their lives. I've zip lined. I've traveled. I kayak. I'm working on writing a book, and I continue to dream. The time is now!

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