“Life is Short” – I never knew what this really meant until…


If you understand, and I mean really understand what this phrase means, then you must be an old soul or someone who’s gone through life tragedies and situations few have experienced.  For me, it took 2 types of leukemia, a stem cell transplant, and a 3 year recovery period to completely understand what “Life is short” means and how it completely changes your perspective on the whole concept of “living”.

“Life is short.”  Why does it take more half of your life to understand this simple phrase?  And I’ll bet some people never fully understand what this phrase means until it’s too late. Some of us parrot this phrase in response to situations that require urgency or immediate response.

The ways blood cancer diagnosis and recovery have changed me are numerous, and most are intangible. Most of these changes have always been a part of who I am but now have taken more center stage post-transplant. Now I am more in tune with what makes me happy, and believe me, it doesn’t cost much in terms of $.

  • more honest communications
  • doing things that make me happy and content
  • engage in causes that make a difference in the world and in people’s lives
  • treat EVERYONE kindly, as we never know what someone is going through
  • more patient, less impatient
  • am happy to be able to do daily chores (gasp!) because I CAN
  • all of us get only one life (unless you believe in reincarnation), so make it count
  • try not to dwell on the small stuff, everything works out eventually and usually for the better

Life is short -> do things that matter -> make a difference in the world and in your communities -> break YOUR own rules.

I am reminded of a phrase written by Henry Thoreau and it goes like this,

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation

Is this you?

“Life is short.” What does it mean to you?



  1. Marti,
    I am very thankful for you and your blog. It puts life in perspective real quick
    You are like a “real” angel on my shoulder. A true gift.
    Much love,


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