An Introduction to Life

A friend of mine recently recommended listening to a podcast called “Everything Happens.” It was one I had never heard of, so I was curious to check it out. I have only listened to the one episode of which I was referred, so I cannot make a judgment on all the material.

With that said, the introduction to this podcast was the most intriguing I have ever heard. While the content of the whole thing was good, the best part was the introduction. The author Kate Bowler shares a little of her story and her message, and I want to share it with you. I believe it captures the heart of a believer wrapped up on this human body.

Hi, I’m Kate Bowler, and this is Everything Happens. Look, the world loves us when we are good, better, best. But this is a podcast for when you want to stop feeling guilty that you’re not living your best life now. We’re not always having an “Eat, Pray, Love” experience. I used to have my own delusion of living my best life now. I’m a Duke professor, wine and cheese enthusiast, wife, and mom. Instagram gold. Then I was diagnosed with stage four cancer. That was four years ago, and I’m still here. And now I get it. Life is a chronic condition. The self-help and wellness industry will try to tell you that you can always fix your life. Eat this, and you won’t get sick. Lose this weight, and you’ll never be lonely. Believe with your whole heart, and God will provide. Keep this attitude, and the money is yours. But I’m here to look into your gorgeous eyes and say, hey, there are some things you can fix and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. We can find beauty and meaning and truth, but there’s no cure to being human. So let’s be friends on that journey. Let’s be human together.

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