A Turning Point in My Life

tracks on a railway leading to different routes.

In 2014, I was told that I had less than 90 days to live due to a diagnosis of advanced stage IV Burkitt’s lymphoma (you don’t want to Google it, trust me…On second thought, go ahead.  It will give you a new perspective on any current challenges you are facing).

As you might guess, THAT was a huge turning point

If I haven’t been given that message, I doubt you would be reading this blog right now.  Why?  Due to a fear of being judged I would still be sitting in my comfort zone hesitant to ”put myself out there”.

When I received this message of having only 90 days to live, my first thoughts were about missing my kids’ high school graduations (which were around the corner at that time), their college graduations, wedding days and grandfather-hood – which better be a long way off (smile).


My immediate second thought was regret.  Regret for not having the courage to pursue my dreams, for always taking the safe route, for never taking much of a risk.

Turns out these regrets are pretty typical of the dying.  Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, who chronicled regrets of her patients, heard similar regrets.

A changed person

As a result of 90 days of grueling treatments, a changed person hobbled out of the hospital.  Maybe it was like the process of dormant seed coatings dissolved by the intense heat of a wildfire.  I was ready to face my fears (after what I went through nothing seems quite as scary). 

Making a difference

Over the next two years I wound up walking away on my own volition from my Fortune 100 job.  I was tired of being a drop of food coloring in the Atlantic Ocean and I was ready to be a drop of food coloring in a Dixie cup.  To make a difference.  So here I am on the other side of that turning point.

Thankfully, there are many other types of turning points which don’t include a near death experience.  Even better, you can manufacture your own turning point!  How?  Subscribe to the Courage Connection to learn more.  

What is your turning point?

Have you had a turning point?  Would love to hear about it in the comments section.

#CourageQuestions are a series of posts where I pose random thought-provoking questions and answer them genuinely.  These are questions which we rarely take the time to ask ourselves and thus rarely have a chance on which to reflect.  I hope that you will answer these questions for yourself – and add it to the comments below.

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