Next in my Sketchbook Project is a beautiful young woman from the UK, Alice Pyne (@Alice_Pyne on Twitter). This one was tough.
Alice is 17 years old, and has terminal cancer in the form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. From her blog:
I’m 17 and I have terminal cancer. I’ve created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life … some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life … live it!
Do you hear that? LIVE IT! We whine and complain about the most mundane, inconsequential things, murmuring to ourselves about how people should act the way we think they should, continuously being disappointed about how things turn out differently than we expect. Meanwhile, this young lady’s perspective is quite a bit different. Imagine finding out at the age of 12 that you were most certainly not going to live a long life – not long at all. What would you do? You might want to get on with doing the things you’ve always wanted to do, and spend each moment with those that you love. Alice has done just that. In fact, she created a bucket list. I’m sorry, but I had to pause to compose myself there. Imagine… a 12-year-old child, creating a bucket list. Absolutely heartbreaking. You can see some of the items on the sideline in her blog.
I’ve been following Alice on Twitter for a couple years now. She is such an inspiration, and a gentle reminder to me to appreciate this life I’ve been given, and to pause from the madness of everyday life to feel love. None of us know how long we have to live. Alice was given a short range of years to live… as a child! And so far, she’s outlived the expectations. God bless you, Alice! Maybe He will allow you to carry on a great while longer, and perhaps we can all learn from the life that YOU are living. YOU are an example of how we all should appreciate this beautiful gift. Thank you, Alice, for this inspiration. Even though we have not met, I’m proud to know you through your blog and Twitter feed. You are a living example of how we all should appreciate what we have.
Thanks for following me on Twitter, Alice. You are, by far, my most treasured follower!