Best Advice My Doctor Gave When We Thought I Could Be Dying

“You are only born with one set of tires.

You’ve already used so much of your tread.

Now, you have to carefully decide how you are going to use what tread you have left.”

These words have permeated so many decisions in my life since. Everything from whom I spend my time with to how I use my energy and mind time. I minimized people in my life that took up 10 times more tread than anyone else.

I only have so much tread to go around.

Here are ways to consider how to use your tread.

Ask yourself, “Where do you want those tires to go before you die?”

Are you going to travel and experience the things on your bucket list? How will you grow your mind with your limited time? What relationships to invest in?

How will you live your remaining years?

Eventually, I convinced the Canadian government to pay for diagnosis and treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

It took me 6 years, but I made it out of the wheelchair, leg and shoulder braces, horrid medications, and surgeries. I can’t lift much or be exposed to fragranced people. But I can drive, walk, cut my own food, and carry an engaging conversation for more than 10 minutes again.

I’ve since completed a Master’s Degree.

Lived in Ecuador while volunteer consulting, taught English in Costa Rica with my then teenage daughter while living in hostels with 18-30 years from around the world. Travelled to Mexico to go deep sea fishing, Nicaragua to visit friends, Dominican Republic to see our Compassion Kids, Puerto Rico, and some of the Caribbean for my 25th wedding anniversary.

I developed a revolutionary volunteer platform wireframe prototype (for sale). I wrote a formal brief to the Canada federal budget Senate Committee on an out of box proposal to re-stimulate the economy and save charities by refunding Canadians a % of Charitable donations.

Started a personal website, and my Bold Perspectives podcast launches mid 2021.

Sometimes, my disease flares, and the crazy pain reminds me of his sombre words. But I’m alive and well (ish).

When I die, I feel satisfied that I used my remaining tread well. I have lived a remarkable life!

I ask you, “How will you use the tread you have left?”


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Samantha Postman

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