I always stress the importance of having something to look forward to. It’s a great distraction from the obvious and boosts serotonin levels which are good for everyone. Whether you are sitting in the chemo room tethered to a pump, on the mend from it all or the caregiver (I’m thinking of my awesome nurses right now), we all need something to look forward to.
In the book I have the reader write down (as I did) at least three things they’re looking forward to doing once they’re done with treatment, including the details of who with, how much and a possible when. I was lucky to cross one of them off my list this September. I have wanted to go to Italy for so many years, but I got too caught up in work life and convinced myself I didn’t have time. Now I have time, but money isn’t exactly flowing like it did back then, so how did this trip happen?
There’s this really cool feature that most airlines have where you can donate your miles to someone. If you are the world traveler in the group then this would be an ideal gift for you to offer. Usually 65,000 miles will get anyone a trip to just about anywhere they’d like to go. If they’ve already got the miles or the means for the ticket then it could be as simple as getting them something they could use on their trip, or if the thing they’re looking forward to is learning to dance, then a gift certificate to the local dance studio for lessons would be another thoughtful gift.
Your gift doesn’t have to be something they can use immediately. Having something to look forward to can be the perfect gift. Everyone is different, so do a little digging and find out what they’ve written down for themselves. It may surprise you what they’ve come up with and could lead to a meaningful conversation and a deeper understanding of who they are and how they see the world…