Friday, March 28, 2014

Life is This

Sweet sister

I wanted to do an interview that would really showcase someone who has been through a great deal at a young age and still remains positive about the future. I'm lucky enough to have a sister that models that daily. My sweet Lizzie is so inspiring to me. I’ve posted about her before in my post “And she is strength”, and she just continues to be someone I find so much to write about.

We are only 11 months apart, yes just 11, so we are basically twins. We are technically Irish twins, two sisters born in the same year. We have been through a few hardships together, but it is really in the mundane moments of life that I cherish with her most. She is the most wonderful person I know. We can talk to each other about anything, we laugh about everything, and each day I am reminded that she is the greatest blessing I could possibly receive.

I wanted to interview my sister because at 15 she was diagnosed with cancer and she is a continuous fighter, always reminding me she is “a lucky one.” She is now a healthy college student pursuing a nursing degree, her end goal to work with kids who have cancer. We met for lunch to do this interview and she was so hesitant. Like the awkward laughing, hand fidgeting, constantly asking “why do I have to do this Katie?”, kind of hesitant. But regardless, she told me her point of view on life and I love her even more. Here it is..

What is life to you?

“Umm, I don’t really know. Can we come back to that one?”

Sure, what are three things that get you through the day?

“I guess my goals for myself, you, other’s expectation of me.”

What are three non-personal things that get you through the day?

“Coffee, loads of coffee. Grey’s Anatomy”, she says while laughing, “I don’t know what else, probably sleep."

What’s an experience that has shaped your view on life.

“Being sick.”

What keeps you going? What makes you decide to fight?

“I guess I’ve seen both, deciding to fight or give up. When I got sick again, I really didn’t know if it was worth fighting through. But being sick the first time I choose to fight back.”

What makes you decide to keep fighting now?

“My family, knowing the toll it would take on them. Also, being so young.”

If you meet someone now in the position you were in, what would you tell them?

“To keep fighting. If you set your mind to it, you can beat it. It’s just not worth giving up now.”

What’s one thing you learned about yourself from being sick?

“I think I come off a lot stronger than I am. People in my life feel like I can keep going, so I put on a front.”

What is an experience in life that you feel like people need to experience themselves to understand?

“Being truly depressed. I don’t understand why some people do what they do when they’re that sad, but I don’t judge them.”

What is ultimate happiness?

“Love. Whether it be from family or being in love.”

What is an exact memory that brings happiness to you?

“A lot of smells bring up memories. Like when you smell like your old apartment, or the way your car smells, (we both laugh), those things make me happy.”

What are three things you or people in general take for granted?

I think everyone takes their family for granted, I take for granted how blessed and lucky I really am, and every day life.

What’s your favorite quote?

"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but-I hope- into a better shape." Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Now, that we are towards the end of the interview, “What is life to you?”

Life is this. It’s what we are living, it’s what we are experiencing.”

What are three words to describe yourself?

Caring, determined, silly. Silly Lizzie, Silly wizzie, Silly waz! Put that.”

Love my Irish Twin

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