1. the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point
2. a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view
3. an apparent spatial distribution in perceived sound
The other day I sat at a coffee shop listening to one of my greatest friends. His brother-in-law, diagnosed with terminal cancer, will not make into the next year. His sister and brother-in-law have been preparing for months.
Remodeling the house, and crossing lines off the bucket list. He even insists that she set up an online dating account. He just wants her to be taken care of. She goes to bed at night, next to him, not knowing if it’s the last. She will be a widow in her 30’s.
Cancer has haunted my life in the last five years, in so many ways. It sifts through the cracks of my confidence and lingers through my memories cauterizing the people who have inspired me the most. It has challenged my forwardness and divided my thoughts. It overwhelms my perspective. But, it’s made an everlasting impression on my perception. My experience with it has blessed a particular attitude toward the way I approach every move from the moment I get out of bed.
There is truly nothing that will let us escape death, but there is everything until we reach it. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Why is it that many of us wait until these traumatic events occur that we finally grasp on to time. It’s only, “when it is dark enough, [we] can see the stars.” (Emerson)
The story of this couple is heartbreaking but their strength is impeccable bliss. If you’re here, in this world and not living, the time is start is now. Let perspective show you the way.