I got this bracelet from a friend who just took a trip to Mexico, it says you only live once. As I thought deeper about it I started to wonder what this phrase means to me now. If I had gotten this a few years ago I would have taken it on as my mantra to do all I wanted to do. To go skydiving, and bungee jumping. See the world, have fancy clothes and basically do what I want when I wanted. But maybe I'm getting older or maybe my world view is changing but when I read something like that I want to take a very different action. I still want to see the world but instead of taking photos and seeing the sites I want to meet people and tell there stories. I want to not just walk in there shoes but carry there jug of water or basket of food. I want the world to know and see what is really going on outside of our little bubbles.
I want to see a cure for childhood illness. Now I'm not a scientist in fact I only passed biology because my teacher took pity on me. But I can do something raise money or give kids a voice. The fact that 46 children are diagnosed with cancer each day is not ok with me!! How is this happening to our tiny world changers? My best friends daughter has been fighting a juvenile auto immune disorder for the past few years. I've watched this happy little active girl fight to live a normal life. But man she's one hell of a fighter. By the smile on her face and the love the in her heart you would never know. I want her to have a cure, and all those like her.
So there is only one life that I'm going to lead. I sure hope at the end of it I can turn around and look at all the steps I've taken and see that they have led towards change. That my son grows up knowing that if he fights he can change things. That he doesn't have to settle with the way things have been done. So I'm going to wear this bracelet to remind my self daily the change starts with me.