Since 2010, Denis Wright has suffered from a glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, but he is not willing to throw in the towel. Wright, 66, of Armidale, Australia, reports on his blog ” My Unwelcome Stranger ” (“My Uninvited Guest”) of his daily battle with the disease (“incurable” according to neurosurgeons who treat him), something that allows him to show that he “is still there.”
Wright tries in this way to distract his mind from the omnipresent cancer – the doctors advance him on dozens of successive dates in which he would die, for now all failed -, which only manages to keep at bay thanks to a drug called Avastin.
However, it is not the only task for which Wright, a professor of Asian Studies at the University of New England , uses his blog. Also, based on his experience, he has glossed ten tips so that the healthy people who follow him – for now his blog has obtained more than 250,000 visits – can make the most of his life. Here are some of them:
1- Do not waste your life in a job you hate. It is too short to live only during the evenings and weekends.
2- If something very bad happens to you about which you have no control, learn everything you can about it and try to overcome it. Hitting your head against a wall is not productive.
3- If you think you can change something, try it.
4- There are no good decisions or bad decisions. If you ever make a decision that you later consider wrong, learn from it and try to do better next time. You never know what will end up being good or bad, so bemoaning is a waste of time.
5- Do not get overwhelmed by the past thinking that you could have changed it. Live in the present.
6 – Apologize as soon as you can if you think you have hurt someone. Do not try to pretend that you are perfect. Accept your responsibility.
7- Keep all your options open as long as possible. Do not close them early.