Lessons from Her Dying Mum
“In 1998, my mother was dying of colon cancer. Despite being bedridden, her selflessness struck me – she had insisted on sitting on a chair in the kitchen to cook my favourite dish of chicken wings before returning to bed. Being around such an example of strength and love made me realise my life wasn’t that bad.
“My mum also taught me: ‘No matter where you are in life, don’t look up to people and what they have and what you don’t. Look in the place where people have so much less than you. And you’ll realise what it’s like to be grateful.’ Yes, there were difficulties in my marriage, but I had a wonderful son, three meals a day, and a decent home. I became aware that I could make my life better. And that’s how I grew stronger.”