In 2008, I was diagnosed with an aggressive type of leukemia and given a 40 to 50 per cent chance of surviving. To help keep myself motivated while facing that obstacle, I whipped up a list of 118 things that made life so worth fighting for.
Now completely cancer-free, I find it interesting to look back on that list. Nowhere on it are things like a big house, fancy car or huge paycheque. Instead, it’s packed with family, friends and a slew of simple pleasures – like watching a sunset, sipping on a gin and tonic or even enjoying a good fart.
Inspired by my list, I started building a collection illustrated simple pleasures on Instagram aimed at sparking gratitude for the many awesome little things in life.