I am a big supporter for living for now. Sometimes we are so focused in living for the future - saving for retirement, a rainy day, or whatever. We plan our future for ourselves and our family members - education, get a good job, etc. Our culture tells us this. It seems like the biggest reason we have jobs is to save for retirement.
However once you have cancer a time or two, you start questioning this saving for the future business. Why are we doing this if we may not be here to use it? We save up to 10% of our salaries or more.... And cancer? It could take us any time.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was my second cancer and I really started questioning all this.... Today I read an article about a British news presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, decided to start living for now after her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. She stopped saving for retirement and got rid of her mortgage protection insurance.
This is another example of how a cancer diagnosis knocks you off your feet. People may wonder why we get so stressed at a cancer diagnosis. Yes it can kill us so we may not want to plan for the future any more because we might not be there for whatever we have saved. So we like to live for now.