This morning I woke up thinking about Chadwick Boseman. I was really taken aback by how hard his death hit me. But this morning, my thoughts weren’t centered on the circumstances of his death, but more about the lesson the last four years of his life taught me. To think that all those years he was fighting cancer while showing up for his passion and giving so much of himself, begs the question offered by the late poet, Mary Oliver, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
This man gave us seven movies while fighting cancer. Such a testament to how committed he was to his craft and to his passion despite his suffering. When that thought really hit me I had to say to myself, “I have no excuses.” This is not me beating up on myself or adding another thing to my already full list, but really having an honest heart to heart with myself about what I allow to get in the way. Yes, I must admit that there have been days when I have moved through my days as if the next one is promised to me. We all do it. We live in a world that promotes reaching and grasping for the next thing as if everyday is promised. But in Chadwick Boseman’s death, as well as all the loss of 2020, I have been reminded over and over to wake up to my life. To step more courageously into my passions and to do what it is I want to do with my one wild and precious life-because it’s the only life I have. The only life anyone has. So, what about you? What is it you seek to do with your one precious life?