Connor’s 19th Birthday.

Written by Joy Cruse

He was brave, full of life, love and laughter. He inspires me to be better. In honor of him, I want to…

Last year was Connor’s 18th birthday and as it approached, so many painful what if’s plagued me – wondering what Connor would be like if he were here. What our lives would be like. But this year, as his 19th birthday approaches, I am determined to look at it through a different perspective. How can I honor him? His brave and joyful spirit. What did I learn from him that I want to continue in my life as a tribute to him? Continue the legacy of his life.

He was brave, full of life, love and laughter. He inspires me to be better. In honor of him, I want to…

Hesitate less and embrace life more.
Break out in the “happy dance” like Connor liked to do, just because I feel like it.
Try not to judge others and give grace more freely. Stop the complaining and instead, focus on my blessings.
Look for the silver lining.
Don’t worry about how many friends I have on social media, but focus on how I can be a better friend.
Stop trying to get “likes” from the staged pictures I post, and start living an authentic life worthy of true affirmation.
Worry less, pray more.
Stop pointing fingers at others; stand up for the weak, neglected and forgotten. Decrease my intolerance and lack of understanding and Increase my willingness to expand my perspective and learn more about others.
Cast aside fear, trust God and His promises.
Slow down the fast pace of my life; take time to show someone how much I care with a kind word or deed.
Think of three things each day that I’m thankful for.
Laugh more, Forgive more. Love more!

Think about myself less, help others more.
Help fund better childhood cancer treatments, find a cure!

Happy Birthday, Connor! May we all live our lives to the fullest as you did.

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