Having read today that a cure for cancer could well be on the cards (especially in the case of melanoma) I imagine we all felt a little happier… Whether or not we are likely to suffer from the disease, cancer is something that we all have to be mindful of, something that causes untold misery and cuts lives short indiscriminately.
But what made me think even more was an interview with one of the researchers, Dr Eggermont, who had been working on such a cure for most of his 27 year career. How many of us have the patience and determination to try, fail, get up and try again so consistently until we succeed? Not many, I would think.
We live in a world of instant gratification, where even the talented (for example, some of the X Factor auditionees) want to get to the top instantly, make money, find fame with minimal effort. A world that celebrates the superficial, brainless but beautiful (or heavily made-up) over the unsung heroes beavering away and hoping to change the world, not for themselves but for others.
I used to be the same with my writing – wanting the lucrative book and film deal, spending time writing – yes – but not thinking beyond what I wanted. Now, having articles published in magazines, I am learning how to “give the audience what they want” rather than focus on my own ambitions.
So as well as a hefty dose of hope and encouragement, perhaps today’s news could help us to realise that it’s worth working that little harder for the things we want to achieve, and that failure really can just be delayed success..!
There are people in all of our lives that make things a little more do-able. And I was struck today at the efforts of our babysitter – a lovely girl of 15 who comes and “helps out” once a fortnight by playing with the kids and using the energy that Ray and I lack to give them a good run around (whilst enabling us to run a hoover over the crumbs). Anyone who can jump around with Lily for an hour and bounce on the trampoline with a bad knee is worth their weight in gold. So here’s to going “above and beyond.”
Watching Lily’s enjoyment running around and seeing her flushed cheeks and dancing eyes, it made me more aware of how little I am able to do with her at the moment, what with my elephantine body and underactive thyroid… I really hope that once little Evie Rose is born, I can get my old fitness back and give that toddler a run for her money!