This past week marked a full year of living for my dear friend, Cheryl. And I mean really living! You see, Cheryl had a heart attack a year ago and the doctors gave her a 25% chance of making it this far. I really wish they wouldn't do this, because that is statistics and as anyone who has ever taken a statistics class knows, statistics can always be skewed. And thank God for that!
We decided to celebrate by giving her a "1-year chip" like they do in AA, except it's a heart. This is kind of ironic as the Artist's Way seems to be loosely based on a 12-step program similar to AA. It is through the Artist's Way that we met and continue on this journey. The steps she has taken on her creative journey have rippled out and changed my life. I have been on a wild ride and had so many adventures and met such wonderful, hearty people....and it all sprang from spotting an ad in our local paper for The Artist Way group that Cheryl facilitated. A group of creatives getting together and talking about creativity. Pure magic.
I cherish every moment that I spend with her. She is an amazing person, a wealth of life's wisdom, and someone who truly knows how to belly laugh!
One of her favorite quotes is:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in an attractive and well preserved body,
But rather to skid in sideways,
chocolate in one hand,
wine in the other,
body thoroughly used up,
totally worn out and screaming
"WOO HOO what a ride!"
Until then, I am grateful to know her and call her a friend, and until then, we will Cherish Life!