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  1. Carol Fallon
    20 June, 2017 @ 00:30

    beautifully written Jo, much love & hugs to you and your bravery to share innermost thoughts & feelings. I read Helen’s article too, and it really got me thinking – about not putting things off, about why not make more of everyday (though that reminded me of the ikea advert – get out of my head! ) Yes anyway – would love to read your ideas – do I have ideas for you hmmm – well you’ve acted on one already about the group meet up – so yes let’s do it xxx

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    • Joanna Maguire
      20 June, 2017 @ 09:11

      Thank you Carol for reading and taking the time to comment! Means so much to me when people do. I think people often think about the big things when making a list like this but yeah I want mine to reflect the everyday as well as the big. Am so bad at putting things off so hopefully this list will help stop that!
      Definitely yes about the group meet up – encourage the idea and drum up support for it at Glastonbury! Have a fabulous time!

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  2. ialberti
    29 June, 2017 @ 01:06

    Joanne
    Thank you for such a beautiful message. Like you I also going to start my “list for living”. A year ago I had an emergency brain tumor surgery that almost ended my life, and I’m still recovering from it. Nature and wildlife photography has been my way to escape and enjoy little things. You are great!

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    • Joanna Maguire
      29 June, 2017 @ 09:26

      Oh wow – that is quite a major thing to go through! Glad you are recovering from it. Things like that take so much out of you both physically and mentally don’t they. It makes you so aware of how precious and brief life is doesn’t it….in my case I think it made me a little too aware. Am working on my list – I have some funny little things on it!

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  3. Writing my list for living… | The Ramblings of Button Jamboree
    10 July, 2017 @ 15:00

    […] of all let me say wow. Let me say thank you for all the wonderful responses to my post ‘the life in your years’. Clicking that publish button was seriously hard. The response I got here and on social media made […]

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  4. updownflight
    10 July, 2017 @ 18:22

    I found your post with your list, and am routing for you to do/find all or at least most of them. You can do it!

    I found this post because you linked to it in the later post I referenced above. I am so glad I read it. It is an important post for me to read, too, and I’m happy you shared this.

    I have been on disability for about eight years now because of mental illness and am still struggling to get myself to a point of fuller recovery. I’ve grieved my “lost years” and still find myself spending most all day at home in my bedroom alone (except weekends with hubby). I know I can’t necessarily do everything that people without my illness can do, but I CAN make more and more moments rich and valuable. I have been a good list maker in the past, and know that just making the list is a brilliant start to achieving goals and dreams.

    I have been grieving the recent loss of my nephew who committed suicide last month. He was only 24 years old and was sick with depression most of his short life. Part of my grief is that I don’t think he lived enough quality life. I, on the other hand, had a brilliant life up until 30 years old. Quality is worth more than quantity, and quality can have different meanings in some years than others. I will say that in his short life he was a master photographer. If gives me happiness that at least he saw through his camera lens beautiful things in a most amazing way that not all of us ever do. I’ve preserved many of those images of his as a remembrance of him. They are beautiful. He was beautiful and I will look at them off and on for the rest of my life. And yes, I will try to get myself to make my own list to experience, and see my own beauties and pleasures.

    Thank you

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    • Joanna Maguire
      11 July, 2017 @ 10:24

      Hey Cindy, glad you found and read my post. From reading your blog, I knew you would get the feelings behind this post. You have been through so much especially in the last 10 years and deserve to live your life again. Make a list too – together we can do this!

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      • updownflight
        11 July, 2017 @ 13:24

        Hi Joanna. I will work on my list today 🙂

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  5. Finding life in the new year…aka the list for living rebooted – Jumbled Rambles
    20 January, 2018 @ 11:17

    […] off something I started last year. I started a ‘list for living’ (original post ~ the life in your years) after reading about Helen Fawkes, the BBC journalist who faced her cancer diagnosis with a list […]

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  6. List for Living – the actual list – Jumbled Rambles
    20 January, 2018 @ 11:20

    […] faced her cancer diagnosis with a list determined to make the most of the life that she had left (see my original blog post) and given a recent reboot […]

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  7. Writing my list for living… – Jumbled Rambles
    23 January, 2018 @ 11:45

    […] of all let me say wow. Let me say thank you for all the wonderful responses to my post ‘the life in your years’. Clicking that publish button was seriously hard. The response I got here and on social media made […]

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