R.I.P. Stephen Sutton

Earlier this week, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Stephen passed away. But this was not just any Stephen, it was Stephen Sutton of stephensstory.co.uk

If you live in the UK, you most likely would have heard about Stephen in the last year. Stephen was diagnosed with an incurable, terminal cancer when he was just 15 years old. But rather than sit back and feel defeated by life, he drafted a “bucket list” of everything he wanted to achieve while he was still alive. Some of them included, raising £10,000 for cancer research, go to a football match at Wembley Stadium, skydive, go busking, get a tattoo, write a book, etc. You can view the full list here.

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Not only did Stephen raise £10,000 but as word of his bucket list and his story spread, he raised £3,869,311.97 The aim of his website was to spread positivity and motivation. “I may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me!” was what he lived by.

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He was exceptional student who refused to let cancer beat him and control him. He grabbed life with open arms and truly “lived” the rest of his life.

It got me thinking about the life I lead and what I want to achieve. Also what I’d like to be remembered for when I no longer exist as Natasha. Stephen will always be remembered for his genuine desire to help people and sharing his positivity even when enduring such pain and suffering. I think that’s a pretty great way to be remembered and although he’s no longer here, his story will live on.

What would you like to be remembered for?

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Love, Actually is all around us

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you my all time favourite movie is Love Actually. I am totally obsessed in love with it. I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched it but it still gets me every time. And of course one of my favourite quotes is:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. Often when we’re going through a tough time in our lives we tend to focus on the negative and all the doom and gloom going on in the world. Syria is being bombed, woman are being raped in India, people shoplifting right infront of me, etc. The list is endless. And while it is important to be realistic and empathetic about what is going on in the world, I think we need to stop and look for the good. Look around us and see all the positives.

A few weeks ago I was walking home from the park with my mom and S and he was playing with her wallet. As soon as I thought I saw him open it, I took it off him. Turns out he’d opened it once already and dropped her license (we didn’t realise!). But two days later an envelope comes in the post for my mom and it’s her license. Someone picked it up and as our address is on it, took the time to post it back.

Today I was walking home from the park and I saw the below picture stuck on the front gate of the park.

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These are just two examples but I see so many all around me. People trying to help. A car stopping so I can cross the road with my son, a bus driver letting me have a free ride when I can’t find my oyster card, a man helping me lift S’s stroller up some stairs.

If we stop for just five minutes we may find that Love, Actually is all around us  🙂

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