I was going to write a post today about my fantastic ride this morning with a group of people through Wheel Women.  As I sat down to write it I just had to have a look at Facebook (it really is a trap!) and I am glad that I did because the most amazing post by a friend in Canada stopped me in my tracks!  As I clicked on the link to hear about Zach Sobiech I saw that the video was 22 minutes long and because we all live by the clock I had second thoughts about watching.  But watch I did… watch, was amazed, shed some tears and made me really think about life and I certainly learnt some valuable lessons from this 17 year old!

ZachSometimes we sit with friends and we talk about “if we only knew then what we know now!”  Well this 17 year old knew more about life than most of us will understand in a life time.  You see at 14 he was diagnosed with Osteo Sarcoma and at the age of 17 he was told he had a few months to live.  At 14 he decided, after undergoing treatment, in and out of hospital and having the cancer spread that he was going to take control of his life and live it the way he wanted.  That was to be with friends and family, writing the most amazing music, making people laugh (that was a big goal for him) and really living life like there was no tomorrow.

When I speak to audiences the one thing I tell them is that life is not about the destination, it is about the journey, no matter how short or long that is to be.  We can’t change what we did yesterday and we have no idea what tomorrow will bring, so we have to live for today.  Zach certainly did that!  He taught me in those short 22 minutes that it’s all about living, it’s all about making people happy and that death is just another thing on the agenda.

I think that we all tend to waste too much time and energy on the things that really don’t and shouldn’t mean much in life.  Yes we have to work so that we can put a roof over our heads and food on the table, but a lot of us live to work instead of working to live!  We all want to give our families the best of everything, but we forget about the little things, like the hug as we run out the door, or telling our loved ones that we do in fact love them or just sitting as a family together for a meal.

So if there is one thing that you do today please watch this video.  Yes you may have some tears, it is a very honest and moving video.  The last thing Zach said in this video is that he “hoped that when he was gone he would be remembered as a kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose.”  I am sure that you will agree with me when I say “Well done Zach, you fought and you won the admiration of 100’s maybe 1000’s of people and you taught us that yes It’s All About Living” RIP Zach

To view the video click here Zach Sobiech

As for my new found friends from Wheel Women, Tina, Katie, Gregoria and Michael (yes our token man this morning) that I rode with this morning “Thanks for the great morning and I am glad that I could make you laugh!”

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  1. hans-peter durst 22/05/2013 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Hey Carol, great Post, seems that you enjoy your Life.
    Do we See us in Merano and Segovia, I’m nominated since last monay.
    Keep on riding



    • CarolC 22/05/2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Thanks Hans-Peter! No we won’t be coming to Europe this year, but I will see you in Canada for the World Champs!
      Best of luck for the first two World Cups.

      • Cindy Banks 22/05/2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

        Beautiful. Thanks for sharing his experience, strength and hope. Have a terrific day. Love your little sis.

  2. Laura 22/05/2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I can only hope to never forget his story and try each day to live like this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Nerissa 22/05/2013 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    It certainly makes you stop and think. The late CEO of the VIS Frank Pyke once said to me “Don’t sweat the small stuff”… These are words that have lived in the back of my mind ever since. Sometimes it is hard to look past the small stuff but when you do eventually get past it, you realise how small and insignificant it really was and what a fool you were for wasting all your time on it! Wonderful read Carol!

  4. CarolC 23/05/2013 at 8:11 am - Reply

    It has been absolutely amazing the emails, twitters and comments I have received from people I know and people I don’t know who have read my blog and watched the video. Thank you for all the responses, I just hope that in weeks down the road we can still all remember this and really remember to Live!

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