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Scarlett Lillian Photo Journal // Workshop Review: Live like you were dying.
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Nov 20, 2007

Live like you were dying.

I can’t sleep. It’s 3:30am and I have to be up in 3.5 hours to take a test that could change my life. Or maybe instead, the test is meant to help me start living life. My mom has said of her cancer experience, “You don’t really start living until you realize you might die.” And as I toss and turn in my bed, I started thinking about all the things I keep putting off, or never done, or too afraid to do, that I’d like to do in the next year.

I want to go to Paris.
I want to run a marathon.
I want to feel snow falling on me.
I want to watch the sun come up.
I want to get a new puppie.
I want to take a road trip.
I want to go camping.
I want to fall in love.

Or maybe I can’t sleep because of the bed I’m sleeping in. Tonight I spent the night at my parents house because they will be driving me to the hospital in the morning, and I’m sleeping in my old room in my old bed with my old memories and old dreams of the old me. I remember picking out this bed when we moved into this house my senior year of high school. It’s crazy to think that was almost 10 years ago and all the seasons that have changed from then to now. All the TV shows and movies I watched in this bed. All the long time talks with my mom I’ve had in this bed. All the tears I’ve cried in this bed. All the laughs I’ve had in this bed. All the friends that once sat on this bed. All the nights I worried Rhett would fall off this bed when he was a puppy. All the dreams I dreamt in this bed, both in my sleep and in reality. All the phone conversations I’ve had in this bed. All the moments of life I wasted worrying in this bed about what the future holds when I should have been embracing the moment I was given right then.

I used to change the channel anytime Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying” came on because it just hit too close to everything my mom was going through at the time. But now for some reason, I can’t get it out of my head. So I thought I would post the video for you.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Amy Martin said...

praying all goes well for you. xoxo

November 20, 2007 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I'm praying for you!!!

November 20, 2007 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger ashley & jeremy parsons said...

if you go through KC on that road trip, you have a place to stay. we are really praying for you today scarlett, and we so admire your strength in this!

November 20, 2007 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Shara Lana Pisowicz said...

Tim McGraw is HOT! ;)

On my knees for ya! Shara Lana

November 20, 2007 at 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Noelle. said...

Wow. You go girl, goto Paris and run a marathon! I'm from MI and snow is awesome (at times). Are you sure you're calling is JUST photography? Because you could be a writer as well.. you're words are inspiring. You're in my prayers for complete healing.
...Noelle.

November 20, 2007 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Scarlett! My love for photography brought me to your site! Awesome I might add! I hope your hospital visit goes well today! I'll check back for updates!
My blog is www.loridianephotography.blogspot.com

Caio'!

November 20, 2007 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Pearson said...

Prayers and thoughts for you today :)

michelle

November 20, 2007 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Susan Justice said...

Hey Scarlett!

Your wishes are definitely obtainable. If you have not had the pleasure of travelling to another country... you definitely should just take the money and DO IT. It's the most incredible feeling.... I would suggest visiting London since you would be only a Euro train ride away... Hopefully I'll make it to Paris one day myself...

Your in my thoughts and prayers,
Susan

November 20, 2007 at 11:03 PM  
Anonymous e said...

You should always live like that.. live each moment like it could be your last or at least as much as possible.. Good Luck on your tests Will keep extra good thoughts for you.

November 21, 2007 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Thank you thank you thank you!

Noelle- I majored in journalism in school, so I do have a writing background. I don't know if I would ever want to get back into it professionally, but I enjoy writing to all of you! Thanks for your interest in my words and I'm glad you could be inspired by them! :-)

November 21, 2007 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger SamTheMan said...

Hi Scarlett!

Please come visit us in Chicago and we'll take care of the snow.
:-)

November 21, 2007 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Sam- ha ha, yeah I was there one winter and it was 7 degrees. Apparently it was too cold even for snow, so I missed out on it then.

November 24, 2007 at 10:18 AM  

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