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Write Now With Jean Rowe: Choice

It’s Summer when the light is long, the temperature is thick with heat, the night sounds are rich, and connecting with one another is more open because we can comfortably meet up outside. How we experience any of these aspects of the season is up to us. Choice bubbles to the surface. 

Choice brings up more than a season. Choice is opportunity. How will we connect? How will we approach the day ahead of us? From the moment we wake up till our heads find the pillow? How are we choosing to live? Maybe you are reading this and struggling with quality of life during and post treatment. Maybe this notion makes you want to shake your fist in the air at me. Good. Go ahead! Then, think about how you’re going to live for this day. Just this day in front of you.

In this article, the author writes about tremendous loss. She then makes a choice to live. This is a simple choice yet the work of it can be hard. It is not a linear process. Think about it in terms of the 24 hours ahead rather than for the rest of all time. Maybe consider how you can keep it simple. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks about this. Pay attention to how you feel about it.

Try this:

  • Write about what you think about when you first wake up. 
  • Write about a choice you have made to live (even if it is different from what you thought life would look like)
  • Write about how you might choose to live considering just the 24 hours ahead.

Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.

“Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I knew, there was milk and toast and honey and a bowl of oranges, too. And the sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses. Oh, won’t you stay, we’ll put on the day, and we’ll talk in present tenses.”

Cactus Cancer Society is proud to present Write Now with Jean Rowe! Each month, come on over to Young Adult Voices and read everything Jean Rowe, Certified Journal Therapist, has to say!

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