An Epic Life changing Journey By a Cancer patient -Megan Sullivan

“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.” » Joseph Campbell

Cancer is that awful word we all fear when we go to the doctor for a physical exam, but in that brief dark moment we hear it the world we live in and the people we share it with begin to illuminate things we did not even pay attention to.

When Megan Sullivan came to know that she has skin cancer,instead of weeping and breaking down Megan decided not to waste. Instead of withdrawing from the world, Megan decided to go on an epic journey in search of the 7 Wonders of the World.

This was the result: 12 countries – 15 flights – 28,211 total miles traveled – 5 hotel night stays – 1 confiscated tripod – 7 wonders – 13 days, and a new outlook on life: “to live more now.

 

Day 1: Chichen Itzaafter-diagnosis-megan-sullivan-visits-wonders-of-the-world-1

it all started in Yosemite Valley where I had been training for three years to climb the Nose route on El Capitan. I was 2,000 feet up when I took a terrifying 50-foot fall. After a fall like that, I started to question everything… from why am I putting myself into these scary situations to what is driving me to seek out these ambitious climbs?.. What am I trying to prove to myself, or better yet, to the world?

Day 2: Machu Picchu
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Like something out of a movie… A week later I was hit by a car while riding my Vespa and then diagnosed with skin cancer during a routine check-up. In three weeks time I was handed the trifecta of bad luck.

Day 4: Cristo Redentor
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My friends and family only half-jokingly recommended me to purchase a giant human bubble to live in. But after realizing how expensive and very inconvenient to my dating life that would be, I had this great moment of clarity: I survived.

Day 6: Colosseumafter-diagnosis-megan-sullivan-visits-wonders-of-the-world-4

In my lifetime, the greatest learning moments have come at a time of tragedy and loss. From loss comes radical change, for it opens up a space that is yearning for something new.

Day 8: Petraafter-diagnosis-megan-sullivan-visits-wonders-of-the-world-5

After the worst month of my life, I started to rethink how I was living my life. I came to this amazing realization… that the only thing stopping me from having everything that I ever wanted in life was simple: me.

Day 11: Taj Mahalafter-diagnosis-megan-sullivan-visits-wonders-of-the-world-6

I would always say, “there isn’t enough time or money” but those were just excuses. What I was really afraid of was failure. I needed to stop thinking that my goals were impossible and start thinking that I have the power to decide how I am going to live my life every day.

Day 12: Great Wall of Chinaafter-diagnosis-megan-sullivan-visits-wonders-of-the-world-7

The only regrets that I have in my life are from the missed opportunities that I never took a chance on. This year I took a chance and I will continue taking chancing to experience the greatest adventure of all: my life.

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