Would you be content if today was your last day?
What is one beautiful thing you got stuck on today?
Are you happy?
I still remember the day when I discovered none of us are guaranteed a tomorrow. I was laying on my brother’s vacant bed with my mother and I had just asked her why there was a large, white scar across my stomach. I had grown up with it, wondering why only I seemed to have this mark on me- this imperfection. What had happened to me?
It was in those moments that my mother told me that I was diagnosed with cancer- and I was one of the lucky ones to survive. I struggled to understand those words. I struggled to understand why I, of all people, had survived.
I still live with those questions today. I still have the scar on my stomach, and I still strive to discover why I walk this earth. I ponder the above questions daily- but I also add two more.
What can I do to give back to the universe for my own life?
How can I live each day to the fullest in honor of those that didn’t get a second chance?
I found that a lot of my life has been defined by these questions. Every day I strive to be better than the person I was yesterday. Every day I attempt to be content and happy with what I have while understanding that it is perfectly okay to strive to learn and achieve more. I joined FEMA Corps to help those affected by natural disasters. I travel and seek to learn and create for those that no longer can. And while I may have a different backstory from others, these questions can be applied to everyone.
We all have the capability to be happy. We all have the power to achieve our goals. We can all learn to live each day as deliberately as we possibly can.
Everyone’s reason will be different, but our goal will all be the same.
This blog will follow my journey to live deliberately each and every day and to live in honor of those who are no longer with us. I will share with you my thoughts and meditations, my travels and adventures, but most importantly, my words. One of my largest passions in life is writing, and this site will allow me to share with you my poetry and creations. Thank you for supporting me on my journey to ‘Bree-Deliberate’.
(Excerpt from How to Live Deliberately)
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms…”
-Henry David Thoreau
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