I recently finished reading John Green’s latest novel, “The Fault in Our Stars”.
I didn’t know anything about the story line only to see copies of it in all the book shops and department stores.
Sometimes, that lack of pre-conceived notion can be exactly what’s required before settling into an unknown book or movie. You’re not sucked in by the hype.
In the midst of madness and illness in our household a few weeks ago, I still somehow managed to escape for a day trip to Melbourne.
Immediately getting comfortable in my designated seat, I got straight stuck into my book. In the hour and a half of being up in the air, it felt like my emotions were too.
I was crying over one page and before hitting the next, I was laughing out loud. So damn lucky no one was sitting next to this one crazy, hysterical lady.
With the book’s main characters shrouded by terminal cancer, messages of true love and appreciation of life come through thick and bittersweet.
Most importantly, no matter how limited or insignificant our mortal presence is in this vast, great world, each one of us – whether we realize it or not – has a role to play.
We claim a spot in someone’s life: to leave a legacy. It may be left behind with one or many. It might be unintentional. It doesn’t matter.
The significant existence of one person lies in its personal impact on another.
While in Melbourne, I had the rare opportunity to listen to inspiring key-note speakers at the Kids Business Bloggers Brunch.
Patricia Insall is a bubbly mother and grandmother. After her own daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, Patricia also found herself in the same unfortunate predicament.
Having volunteered at Look Good…Feel Better for the past 8 years, she shares tips and techniques with cancer patients.
Whether it’s on how to fit a wig, apply make up or style hair, Patricia helps them manage the appearance related sideeffects that can be caused by cancer treatment.
Her big beauty tip? “Always, always moisturize!!!”
Running workshops all around Australia, Look Good…Feel Better is a free community service program dedicated to helping cancer patients to manage the appearance related side effects from cancer treatment.
Having discovered that her 40 year old son has also been diagnosed with cancer, Patricia has extremely heavy, burdening personal battles ahead.
Yet, she spoke with such spark and passion on about her great love in helping others.
Whether she realizes it or not, I just know she’s going to leave behind something so very positive and special in many lives.
Without them realising it, who’s left an impact on your life?
***Kids Business Communications hosts the Bloggers BrunchTM series of events where bloggers and brands meet and mingle. These events also raise awareness and funds for different charities. For more information www.kidsbusiness.com.au***