“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes, Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes, How do you measure, measure a year. In daylight, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, In inches, in miles, in laughter in strife, In Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes, How do you measure a year in the life”…Seasons of Love, from Rent.
Tic toc, all we have is time, how do we spend it? I learned the news that I had cancer one week before leaving for training. The last thing I wanted to do was leave my family and friends for three weeks and use those minutes with people I didn’t know. I listened to this song on my way there and then again on my way back and I discovered that my attitude had changed. On my way, I thought about the brevity of life and truly the limited time we have and wondered why I was leaving my family during such a critical time in my health. On my way back, I thought about the new friends I had made and how those moments I spent on the new relationships impacted my life. At the end of training we were given evaluations individually. What my trainer told me was that in the beginning he couldn’t figure me out because I was so quiet, but in the end he said it turns out I was a quiet storm affecting one person at a time. This made me cry. Since cancer, my life mission has been to make a positive impact one person at a time and his statement was validation that I was doing something right.
You’ve heard me say this before but I will say it again and again. We impact each person that we meet whether positive or negative, people walk away from each encounter feeling something about you. Sometimes, it’s just a few minutes and in this case for me, it was three weeks. What type of impact do you want people to feel after you walk away? I choose to make it a positive one. Yes, three weeks was a long time, but the moments I spent with certain people were not a waste of those precious 525,600 minutes. People are not a waste of time. So thank you to Michelle, Jennifer, Ashley(TX), Ashely(FL), Lauren, and of course, Fernando. You have all impacted my life.
For my new friends I wear 2 colors, Chantecaille- Angel Skin , a soft pinkish nude, because you were all my angels during training; and Bobbi Brown -Burnt Red because it’s my reminder to live boldly (and because Fernando said he loves red lipstick). Thank you for the shared tears and all the laughter.