“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death. You’ve got to Live! Live! Live!” -Auntie Mame
The above is from the 1958 movie, Auntie Mame, starring Rosalind Russell. The movie is about an eccentric woman, with an unquenchable thirst to LIVE, who suddenly finds herself caring for her deceased brother’s son. Auntie Mame’s life is one adventure after another and most don’t believe it’s the best way for her young nephew to live. But by the time he is a young man with a fiance it is clear how all of Auntie Mame mad-cap experiences shaped him into a well-rounded, well-ground person. But for that to happen, Auntie Mame encouraged her nephew to LIVE!!!!!
This weekend, my 23-year old cousin was diagnosed with lymphoma. My baby is only 23! The family and I are naturally in shock. Who would’ve expected a perfectly healthy young woman to suddenly be facing cancer. She’s supposed face work, school, her boyfriend, parties, her crazy family, and all the things young 20-somethings are dealing with. None of us expected her to battle cancer.
I cried a bit when Mom gave me the news. But then I thought about my cousin and her spirit. She is a “take no sh*t” FIERCE! FLY! & FABULOUS! woman. Though her energy is mellow, she is clear and sure about her wants and needs. She always speaks her mind. And she follows her dreams. When she left college to study make-up artistry in New York City I thought she’d lost damn her mind. She trekked from Philly to NYC for a year to become a certified make-up artist and esthetician. My cousin made up her mind and did exactly what she wanted. How amazing? Remembering all of this let me know she will be fine. She is a determined soul. This moment in her life is just that one little moment.
My cousin’s diagnosis also reminded me that life is unpredictable. Because of its tempermental nature, it is imperative that we, who have been blessed to take another breath and see another day, live it as happily as possible. Each day is another opportunity to dream. With the opportunity to dream is the opportunity to realize the dream. Remember to LIVE! LIVE! LIVE!