Michael Cerpok invented Sabakiball over ten years ago after he was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. After a long career of working with youths, ranging from at-risk to exceptional, he was told by doctors that he could no longer continue his career and passion. Instead of ending his pursuit of happiness, he reinvented himself and thus emerged Sabakiball.
To become aware that your lifetime is limited, and that you may not be able to do the things you know and love with the limited time you have, can have a devastating effect on a person to say the least. This, unfortunately, is not a unique experience. Almost 2 million people are expected to be diagnosed with Cancer in 2020. Cancer touches so many people every year and everywhere, it is hard to find someone that has not experienced cancer directly or indirectly.
We need not wait until a traumatic experience, or the revelation that our lives will someday transition, to live life well. Live in EACH moment. Life is too short to waste on destructive and negative endeavors. That is not to say that life should always be easy and happy. Growth and exploration is a struggle at times. Just watch a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. As long as we are moving forward instead of backwards, life is worth the pain and struggle.
Create, Contemplate, Renovate
Stop Complaining, Delegating and Relegating
Enjoy Being, Seeing, Feeling
Listen, Consider, Learn
Be Caring, Sharing, Daring
Having spoken with many cancer patients and survivors, they are the most inspirational people I know. Not because they necessarily did anything extraordinary, but because they LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST. What I have learned from them is that we do not need to wait until a diagnosis to have this epiphany and make a change. Start today… RIGHT NOW! Life’s too short.