I recently read a story that truly inspired me. It was a story of courage and love. It was a story of passion and an indescribable zest for life. It was a story that made me ask myself one simple yet profound question…
What would I do if I knew I only had a few years left to live?
The story of Alex Lewis bears resemblance to everything I believe in and everything I try to inspire my readers to do – live life to the fullest.
At the age of 17, Alex started feeling unusual pains in his arm. He thought of it as nothing more than a sports injury. But when months passed and the pains continued to get worse, Alex decided to visit the doctor.
The news was heart-breaking.
Alex Lewis was diagnosed with bone cancer. Not only that, but the cancer had begun to spread to his lungs and, even with intense chemotherapy and surgery, there was simply nothing that could be done.
Alex was told that he only had a few years left to live.
This is the kind of news that would bring the strongest of people to tears. Just imagine for a second. All of your dreams and wishes gone in thin air. Your future erased – registered non-existent. The life you thought you would live has suddenly been shortened to two, maybe three years.
Alex was different. He always had a smile on his face. He did what so many of us fail to do – he always tried to see things from a positive perspective.
Alex decided that he wasn’t going to let his health keep him from living his life. In the few years that were to follow, Alex did more things than most of us ever will experience. He went on adventures most of us assume we’ll have ‘tomorrow’ to do.
He went dune buggy riding inDubai.
He went parachute jumping in New Zealand.
He made spur-of-the moment trips to Australia.
He even fell in love.
In his last year of life, Alex met Ali and, after a random kiss at a party, Alex had fallen madly in love. Three months into the relationship, the two were engaged and happier than ever. They shared the kind of love that few of us get to experience – the kind of love portrayed in movies and romance novels.
At the age of 22, five days after a rushed wedding in February 2011, Alex was gone.
I’m sharing this story with you not to mourn the death of a young man, but to celebrate the life that he chose to live. Alex’s story has shown us what it is to live life to the fullest.
It is about doing things today, not waiting for tomorrow.
It is about taking risks, making mistakes and constantly learning.
As fitness bloomers, remember what we are trying to achieve – to get fit so we can enjoy life to the fullest.
I hope Alex’s story inspires you to make that change. Life is simply too short to wait.
And always think…