I don’t know if I’m going to be the person I want to be. And I don’t know if I’m going to have the time to say or do the things I want or should do. I need to plan but I don’t know what my future is.
I need to think about my future but I need to make sure I’m living well NOW.
So I have to ask you: Do you have any laters that if you could do them again they would be nows? Do you have any laters that have turned into nevers? Because I do.
My introduction to palliative care was by serendipity. I was looking for job security. I had no knowledge of the field, no training whatsoever. I needed a job. I needed money.
Palliative care forever changed me. It’s changed how I interact with my family and my friends. It’s made me question my values and my beliefs. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t try and apply one of these lessons.
So I want to finish where I started. I don’t think you have to work in palliative care to apply the lessons I’ve learned. Palliative care always ends in death. The death of an individual. Every patient has changed and informed me in a different way, hopefully for the better.
So I want to leave you with this last thought. I want to ask you: reflect on your life and ask yourself: How am I living?
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