“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.”– African Proverb
This is a quote taken from an African proverb. With a variety of applications, this quote resonates with me as part of my cancer journey.
Diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia as a 20 year old, the journey to rebuild my body and mind was a slow, painful one.
In time I realised that life isn’t a measure of how others view you, but how you view yourself.
I’ll always have scars from my surgeries in hospital, pains that stay with me, and uncertainty that lingers in the back of my mind. But that quote – if there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm – reminds me to accept my life, body and mind for what they are.
It’s no one’s place to judge me. Just as no one should be judged at all.
We’re all on our own journey, all with our own cross to bear. And if you can find a way to be comfortable with who you are, and I mean *truly* comfortable, then you’ll be the most at peace version of you possible.
“The best thing my mum taught me is that patience is a virtue. With all of my business and personal ventures, this advice has proven timeless and sound. It pays to be patient and do things the right way versus rushing and getting worked up over things I cannot control.” – Camille Hugh
Camille Hugh is the owner of In Stitches Games, a company dedicated to helping people laugh out loud, release their inner child, and learn about each other in a fun and unique way. She has recently launched a kickstarter for Cards That Make You lol – the game of hit or miss party tricks.
“The best thing my mum taught me was to always express my creativity. Don’t leave it inside, let it out. There is no right or wrong in creating. And that is how I started my journey to become a fashion designer which I will always have my mum to thank for.” – Josefin Wanner
Josefin Wanner is the founder and designer of Swedish, sustainable fashion brand Wanner Label.
“The best thing my mum taught me was to eat healthy. As a child I never appreciated her efforts, but these days I’m grateful it got so ingrained in my eating habits that I automatically eat healthy most of the time. It’s a big win, and a learning I will profit from every single day for my entire life.” – Chris Kaiser
Chris is a nature and animal lover. With his company Click A Tree he is currently on a mission to make sustainability as simple as possible.
“The best thing my mum taught me was that there is no reason to be jealous of anyone. She said that you have two hands and a brain. If you want something that someone else has, go out and get it on your own. That is how I live my life.” – Ilena Di Toro
“The best thing my mum taught me was when you can choose between doing the right thing, or the easy thing, always choose the right thing. It can be easy to ignore someone in need, to take short cuts, to only think about yourself at times. She always encouraged me to pause, take a breath, and ask myself what the right thing to do would be. It’s not always easy, but I have always tried my best to remember this advice in every moment.” – Kristia
Kristia is a Digital Content Manager by day, avid dessert maker and consumer by night! Learn more at www.bestdesserts.co
“The best thing my mum taught me was to love myself and look after myself because the first health is wealth. This includes everything from physical, emotional and mental well-being. This mantra inspired me to start my own business Treat ‘Em – Healthy Dessert Boxes delivered across Sydney because transitioning to healthy can be hard, and I wanted to bring a guilt-free alternative that was both delicious and nutritious. Treat ‘Ems purpose is to provide a healthier alternative in a convenient, fun and delicious way. Without my mum, I never would’ve understood the importance of health or be so passionate about it, and her support gives me strength and confidence to take this mantra to everyone else. That’s why we are a little bit different from other businesses. We have different collections to spoil both others important to you, as well as yourself, because self-love is just as important.” – Venus Sun, founder of Treat Em’
“The biggest thing I’ve learned since becoming a mum is to expect the unexpected. Children, like life, with never do what you think but the results can sometimes be more amazing than we ever thought!”– Trina Folse