5 Things I Learned from This Life

The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.

It’s one of my favourite quotes because it speaks the truth. You’ll always have your family. I know for me personally people come and go into my life. The people who remain a constant presence are my family.

This weekend is Thanksgiving for us in Canada. We’re heading over to my parent’s house for dinner on Sunday. My sisters and their significant others will be joining us. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. The holidays seem to be the only time we all can spend a few hours together.

I’ve also been reflective today and thinking quite a bit about life in general and the Thanksgiving theme of gratitude and togetherness. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch the first three episodes of the new CBC drama, This Life, and have been thinking about it since. Once in a blue moon, a show will come along on TV that is so powerful and moving that it puts your own life into perspective. This Life was that kind of show for me. I was hooked from the first episode.

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This Life is a 10-part series based around Natalie Lawson, a single mom and lifestyle columnist, and her extended family. Natalie learns that her terminal cancer is back and it’s turned her world upside down overnight. She must prepare her three teenage children for the future and also rely on her brothers, sisters and parents for help. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because you should really watch it and experience it for yourself.  Watch episode one online now to catch up!

I mentioned that This Life was thought provoking and made me examine my own life with fresh eyes. Because I was able to connect with the characters and the storyline in such a meaningful way, it opened up a new way of looking at life and the importance of family.

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5 Things I Learned from This Life

1. You only have one life to live so live it to the fullest. When Natalie learns her cancer prognosis, I was hit with the realization that our days are numbered. You never know when it’s your time to go. It reminded me that instead of putting off the things I’ve always wanted to do or try, I should get out there and do it.

2. Your family is your foundation. When the world comes crashing down all at once and you feel vulnerable and alone, remember you aren’t alone. Natalie turns to her family for support after she receives the life changing news. Your family’s support can give you the strength to continue on with whatever challenges you are facing.

3. Take time for YOU. Too often, we are so busy caring for others that we forget that we need some TLC too. Natalie is so focused on her children that she has forgotten what it’s like to be her. The first step is realizing it and the second one is to get out there and do something nice for yourself.

4. Trust your intuition. How is it that moms always know when something isn’t right? My own mother can always tell when I’m upset or something is bothering me no matter how hard I try to put on a happy face. Natalie’s mom is the same way and KNOWS something isn’t right with her daughter. Our intuition is there to guide us and is usually right.

5. Be Interested, Not Interesting. Natalie shared this tidbit of advice with her daughter and it really resonated with me – so much that I jotted it down on a piece of paper as I was watching the episode. To me it means to be there for others and be supportive. Most importantly, be a good listener and when you are talking to someone, be present. Don’t have a conversation where both parties aren’t really hearing what the other is saying and just waiting for the other person to stop talking so they can interject. Be interested.

As we head into turkey dinners and family gatherings, remember what matters the most and be grateful for the blessings in your life. I’m feeling gratitude for my family with their quirks and all. It’s what makes them unique, special and most importantly, mine. They are what matters most.

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Tune into This Life on Monday, October 12th on CBC. Trust me, this is one show you need to watch. Be sure to watch the first episode online this weekend. I intend to continue to watch because I need to know what happens with Natalie and her family. I was emotionally invested after just one episode. It’s that good of a show!

Check out the trailer below.

Will you be watching This Life on Monday? Or if you’ve already seen episode one online, let me know what you thought!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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