This moment brought to you by courage
Take a little walk with me on the beach.
On this walk, the sand is warm but not too hot. The waves are clear blue with foamy caps. A giant flock of pelicans has gathered to fish.
Now to make it perfect, walk with someone you thought you might never take a walk with again, never have a talk with again.
This week I am in California for a conference and have had the joy of walking with my brother on the beach.
Wriggling our toes in the sand. Talking in fits and starts about what he wants to do next. It’s always fanciful, aspirational. We share that quality.
From not knowing if he would live through an extended hospital stay, to not knowing if he would walk again, to be in this fleeing moment together is awesome.
It takes a lot to make cancer look easy, but I’d say schizophrenia has it beat with how it takes away the good stuff even when you’re living. That’s why moments like this are so incredibly precious.
For the rest of October I’ll be celebrating cancer treatment progress and survival and research. But for now, I’m still celebrating September’s suicide prevention month.
It takes courage to live, sometimes more than we think we have. But like the pelicans, who disappeared from LA beaches for decades and have come back in force now that the fishing is better and the environment is safer, getting your second, third, hundred wind in life is possible.
The warm sand is just waiting for you to take off your shoes and be welcomed back.