‘Take the vacation, quit the job you hate. Eat the cake, wear the bright red lipstick. Take the family photos. Someone might not be here tomorrow.’: Brain tumor survivor shares powerful reminder to ‘live like you’re dying’

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“I had a brain tumor in this picture. And, most likely, even five to six years ago, it was there.

Yes, that’s through two pregnancies, countless adventures with my kids, two of my siblings’ weddings, and a few GREAT vacations. I don’t like to think about it. But we all know life doesn’t come with any guarantees.

So, here’s what I want you to know. It’s a message I’m sure you’ve already heard countless variations of. But I want you to ACT on it after you hear it again today from me though, okay?

It’s only by the grace of God I had a brain tumor and didn’t die. I GET to raise my kids. I GET to grow old with my husband.

So, when they say ‘take the family pictures,’ take the family pictures! Someone might not be here tomorrow.

Eat the cake. Or donut. Or cookie. Or whatever blows your skirt up. Because life truly is too short to count calories or feel guilty about food.

Quit the job you hate. Yes, it might be scary, but you have a far greater purpose than staying stuck somewhere that doesn’t ADD value to your life.

Wear your ‘good’ perfume, even on ordinary days.

Take the vacation. You have the time. Experiences are far more valuable than THINGS.

Wear the bright red lipstick. Who cares what other people think.

As my friend Ashli says, ‘Wear the d*mn swimsuit.’ And she’s right.

Having fun with your kids in the pool or feeling the saltwater of the ocean on your skin is FAR more important than any insecurities we have about how our bodies look in said swimsuit.

Fall in love.

Buy the shoes. This one needs no explanation either.

Get to know Jesus. This one may change your life more than anything else.

In the words of another woman—Brooke Taylor—whom I greatly admire, ‘You absolutely do not have to look heaven in the face to start living like you’re dying.'”

Courtesy of Michaela Gasseling

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Michaela Gasseling of Western Nebraska. You can follow her journey on her Facebook and on her blog. Submit your own story here, and be sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our best stories, and YouTube for our best videos.

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