The fear of dying also shouldn't be the only thing that makes a person really live. I'm not talking about the everyday life, same thing day after day. I'm talking about really living. Going out and doing things you never thought you would do. Conquering fears and having the time of your life while doing it. Doing things that you'll never forget as long as you live, whether it be a meticulously planned backpacking trip or a spontaneous trip to the beach. Do the things you really want to do while you still have the ability to do them.
When I was a senior in high school, one of my teachers had my class make a bucket list of things we wanted to accomplish in life. At the time, I didn't take this assignment as seriously as I should have. Now, I see how important a bucket list can be and I really appreciate the importance of that assignment. I've added more things to my bucket list in the past few months then I could have ever imagined. Surprisingly, I'm checking things off one by one, as I accomplish the things I never thought I could or would have even attempted.
I don't take anything for granted these days. I cherish every moment, whether it be alone time when I get to take in the beauty around me or time I spend with family and friends. Cancer is perceived as such a horrible thing, but I guess for me it hasn't been all negative. It's taught me so much and I've met some pretty amazing people along the way. Life is always a journey and I'm growing each and every day.