Before losing my mother to cancer in 2006, I asked her if she had any regrets. She looked up at me with those beautiful blue eyes and said, “Honey, I have only one. I should have said yes when I said no.”
I said, “What does that mean?” and she said, “There were so many things in my life I wished I had done but I was afraid. I was afraid I was not thin enough, not smart enough, not young enough, or not pretty enough. I was afraid to be criticized, made fun of, or judged of so I never did them. I wanted to travel and see the world and meet new and exotic people but I was afraid to fly or travel alone. I had so many stories I wanted to write but was afraid I was not good enough. There were people in my life I wished I could have talked to, tell them I love them, tell them I forgive them, and ask them for their forgiveness but I was afraid of rejection. And sadly, there were tests I should have taken years ago that may have prolonged my life now but I was afraid of what they would reveal. Don’t be afraid to live,” she said. “Say yes to life!”
What do you hear in my mother’s words? She was afraid and lived her life in fear. Fear of what others would think of her, fear of rejection, and fear of the unknown.
I want to heal others with my words instead of hurt them. I inspire people to embrace changes in their lives and use them as opportunities to grow. I inspire you to live in the moment, fulfill your dreams, and say YES to life! The time to be happy is now!
My latest book, “I Have Always Wanted To…How almost losing my life inspired me to start living it” will inspire you to live in the moment and truly experience the life you were meant to live.
My signature speech “Say Yes to Life!” is based on this book.