However, it’s the lessons of this month that can translate into our everyday life. I often find it’s easy to get trapped in a routine. Wake-up, treatment, work, run, dinner, treatment and bed. Wake-up, treatment, work, run, dinner, treatment and bed. Wake-up, treatment, work, run, dinner, treatment and bed. I often find that it’s easy to forget what’s important in life. The month of May, the support of the CF community, the efforts of everyone who is touched by this disease quickly reminds me what life is about. That it’s often the small things that matter the most. That it’s important to spend time with loved ones. That it’s important to not worry about things you can’t control. That it’s important to live each day to the fullest. To smile, laugh, and celebrate. Celebrate everything. The big things and the little things. To celebrate life.
But most importantly, CF awareness month reminds me that these efforts and actions, walks and runs, and dinners and galas are about more than awareness. They’re about making a difference. It’s about leaving a mark on someone’s life. Family, friends and strangers have continually gone out of their way to make a difference in my life. They’ve called and visited when I was in the hospital, they’ve raised money or donated to Team Boomer and run marathons with me, or attended a gala when I was being honored. I remember, appreciate and reflect on every single action, gesture, conversation, phone call, donation and all the support all the time.
But it should translate beyond the month of May and the world of Cystic Fibrosis. Whether it’s something small like holding a door for someone who has their hands full, saying thank you when someone does something nice, telling a joke (a bad one in my case) when someone is down it’s these gestures, moments, and acts of kindness that should not be taken for granted. These actions have meaning. These actions make a difference. And that is something we should strive to do every day. Big or small. We should all make a difference.