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However, cancer changed all that for me. Nearly two and a half years ago my wife was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly form of cancer. Though I do not entirely bear the burden of this disease, I certainly share it. Before the burden of cancer, we had an active social life. Our week was often filled with social gatherings, sightseeing, and much more. When the weekly yet insular moments of fun were taken away from us, the initial sting of this deprivation was devastating.
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Weeks turned into months and months into years of these insular moments becoming less and less frequent. At first I blamed cancer for what seemed like the death of happiness in our life, then I blamed others.
But as time went on, I realized I was to blame for the disturbance in serenity. Now, there is no doubt that cancer is the trigger for so much of our suffering, but it was I who perpetuated it. Rather than enjoy the taste of a meal we had made together, I was craving the taste of beer at one of our social gatherings. All that stuff is fun, but happiness, I believe, is something far more rich and yet very simple. Enjoying the sun image via Shutterstock. Travis lives and works as an English teacher in rural Japan.
While living abroad, his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
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During this hard time he had found piece of mind in Buddhism, and in his free time often translates and studies modern Japanese Buddhist texts. This site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. The content on Tiny Buddha is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment.
It's not about me. It's about us. Your stories and your wisdom are just as meaningful as mine. Click here to read more. Think Web Strategy. Rather than curse Monday morning, embrace it. All this is there for so many of us, and all we have to do is be there to enjoy it. About Travis Travis lives and works as an English teacher in rural Japan.
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More Posts. See a typo, an inaccuracy, or something offensive? I met them three years ago when they moved to South Africa from Australia. They are the kind of people who you feel instantly at home with. That meal turns into shared banter that fills your heart while Anthony Bourdain plays on the telly in the background. We instantly booked a weekend away.
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Destination: McGregor. We left early on the Friday after stocking the car with food and copious amounts of wine Thanks to their ability to find damn good deals. McGregor is a tiny burrow of a town about 2 and a bit hours drive from Cape Town. As we pulled up outside this beautiful home we found on Airbnb I could instantly feel my brain slow down.
The wide dust covered streets and fynbos that creeps quietly through low fences pulled at my mind. As if to tell me that time is of no consequence here. One such spot that we stumbled upon was a small restaurant called A mere walk around the block away from the house we were staying at. As we sat down and made ourselves comfortable Philip came over, he offered us coffee and took our orders. Who knew how happy the simplest plate of delicious homemade bread, snoek pate, greens and pickles could make me. We went back for breakfast the next day. Even though we brought enough breakfast food along to feed a small army.
Again we were blown away by not just the food, but the atmosphere of A beautiful place where everyone greeted each other. Where people felt love and kindness and shared it all over a meal. To create a place like that takes more than knowing how to cook.
We never went anywhere else.
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