a new take on what it means to be ‘F.A.B.’

a new take on what it means to be fab

Standing at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure Wall of Hope, seeing all of those names and meaningful messages to loved ones remembered, still bravely fighting, or surviving, is always an emotional moment for me. And last weekend, sloshing through the mud in the middle of the U of T field, rain gently falling on my head and pink wings on my back, was no different.

I’ve participated in this run for seven years (although not consecutively given my pattern of moving abroad!) and it still gets me every time. Yes, it means a lot to me because I lost my own mother to breast cancer. Yet it goes beyond that. Whether it’s seeing the thousands of people who breast cancer has touched, or the sense of incredible community that has been built because of this disease, or the determination and fight that so many display. It’s quite remarkable actually. And it’s incredibly inspiring.

And to think breast cancer is only one type of cancer. And to think that cancer is only one type of serious illness. And that serious illness is only one scary thing out there.

There is a lot of big, bad, ‘stuff’ out there – and a lot is out of our control. That being said, you can choose to be victim to whatever life has thrown at you, or you can choose to stand up and fight back.

Enter in a new definition of one of my favorites words, FAB.

F stands for FIGHT.

A stands for ACTION.

B stands for BELIEVE.

Fight. 

I think it’s important to have something to fight for. Fight for your health. Fight for your family. Fight for your values. Fight for the youth that are too young to fight for themselves. Fight to be heard. Fight to land your dream job. Fight to cross the finish line. Every one of us has something worth fighting for.

“Better to fight for something than live for nothing.” ~ George S. Patton

Action.

Without action, nothing happens. And I can certainly attest to this statement first hand. I’ve had plenty of ideas in my days that I’ve never really followed through on. And then I wonder why they never came into fruition, or I get down on myself for not having worked harder. Even if it’s one small step, (which is the only way any big undertaking or endeavor has ever begun!), you need to take action. Begin somewhere.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao-tzu

Believe. 

Believe in the cause. Believe the fight is worth fighting for. Believe in yourself. Action and fight become futile if you don’t also believe. Believe in your strength, believe in your power. Believe that who you are and what you stand for does make a difference.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

So, what are you fighting for? What action are you taking? And are you believing?

It doesn’t have to be world peace, either (not because that isn’t a noble cause worth fighting for mind you) but a clean kitchen, family dinners, open communication, daily exercise… all worth fighting for in my opinion.

Have a FAB week, with lots of F.A.B. stuff going on, everyone!

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What are you fighting for? And what are you going to do about it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below 🙂

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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