This is a pretty straightforward resolution this week. I felt I needed a little breathing room after last week’s marathon decluttering sessions. Some of my resolutions by their very nature, need to be completed in a week. Finishing every project before starting another would soon drive everyone in my life including myself batty. This week’s task falls into the class of resolutions that I call keepers. That is, I would love to continue to do them beyond my one week frenzy because they are just good ideas. This joins flossing already in that category. If I don’t do them every day beyond my week I won’t beat myself up for it but I will make an earnest effort to continue.
Beyond the vanity of aging well, sunscreen has a life-saving role. My life has been personally touched by skin cancer in the form of my dear friend Darin. I’ve known Darin and his twin Karin since we were in the 5th grade. I love them both immensely so when I got a call that Darin had an ugly mole on his stomach that looked like melanoma I thought I was going to choke. That call came about two months before the one that told me that I too had cancer. That was a really tough year. Thankfully, Darin continues to well. He had a major surgical procedure to remove the cancer and many lymph nodes which took a while to recover from but now he is back to being a husband and father to his two kids 7 and 5.
I hope you all will join me this week in wearing sunscreen and spreading awareness to young people about the dangers of skin cancer. In honor of Darin, whose birthday is this week, let’s lay it on thick.