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4.29.2012

Guest post for a GREATER cause...



A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Melanie who surprised me by wanting to guest post on my blog -- super flattered! Thank you for allowing me to post this awareness on my page. Good luck with all of your endeavors!

Everyone, please read below about why you should make a bucket list and more about Mesothelioma. Melanie has the ability to reach a wider audience since she is now a part of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance blog.

If you connect with this post at all, please check out their website or contact Melanie for more information.
Her email is melanielbowen@gmail.com.


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Why You Need to Make a Bucket List

The movie “The Bucket List” should serve as an inspiration for everyone.  Whether you are facing a
mesothelioma prognosis, breast cancer, or even arthritis, it is important to have goals and things to look forward to accomplishing in life.  In the movie, Morgan Freeman is closing in on himself when he is facing life threatening illness until he meets Jack Nicholson, who refuses to “go quietly into that good night” and instead pulls out his list of things he wants to accomplish.

Goals and Hope

Goals are important in life.  They give us things to look forward to, things to continue working toward.  Some of the most successful people in the world cite goal setting as one of the reasons for their accomplishments.  Goals provide a map for each step along the way to reaching your ultimate accomplishment.

Goals do not need to be large, gigantic things.  They can be a series of smaller steps that lead to something larger or they can be small things that give you joy and happiness.  Your goals will be personal to you and what makes you happy.  For many people, life-changing events realign their sense of what they really want to accomplish with their life.  No longer do they limit themselves by what others tell them they are supposed to want and should accomplish.  They begin to examine what really will make them happy and start taking steps to incorporate those things into their life.

Journal Writing and Goals
Journal writing has been a part of therapy for decades.  Therapists discovered that when people write about life challenges they are able to work through difficult feelings and gain perspective on what is happening in their lives.  According to the Center for Journal Writing, clients often report to their therapists that their feelings of depression and anxiety decrease as they turn journal writing into a habit.

Journal writing is also a way to document your progress through life challenges.  For many people who have faced and coped with major illness, a journal is a place they can freely write about their fears and frustrations about being ill.  It is also a place they can go to look back and see their progress throughout their treatment and see how they began to turn the corner and find their way back to themselves.

A journal is a great place to start exploring your own personal goals.  You might start by letting your imagination run wild about things you could do and brainstorm a little bit.  Do you want to learn how to juggle?  Fly on a trapeze?  Ride an elephant?  Ride a hot air balloon around the world?  Let your mind go and start writing down everything you can think of that you might want to accomplish.  Then start making your list.  Include places you want to visit, people you want to see and things you want to learn.

Writing down your goals gives them weight and promise.  You are more likely to start taking actions that will bring your goals to life and soon start looking forward to the future with hope and excitement.  You might also find yourself adding to your list of things to accomplish as you reach one goal and it inspires you to add another new one.  Your journal is also a great place to write about your adventures.  Write about the experience – what did you feel, what did it smell like, what did it look like, what did you hear?  What caught your attention, startled and surprised you?

Like Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in the movie, your bucket list will bring you to life, no matter what life is throwing at you.  It will give you hope and energy and a new purpose in life.  Let your imagination go and start making your own personal bucket list today.  It will bring a smile to your face and a giggle or two might slip out too!


Check out a lot more information on illness and wellness at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  


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