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Reasons, Seasons… Lifetime?

My philosophy in life, other than to live everyday as if it were your last and to aim for the moon, if you miss you’ll reach the stars, I’m a BIG believer that there are friends, acquaintances and partners that come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Never more so prevalent than having lived in Sydney for four years.

Today I discovered the heartbreaking story today about an actor called Andy Whitfield who played the role of the Thracian rebel and warrior “Spartacus” in ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’ which propelled him to stardom. It saddens me that I only discovered his story today!

In March 2010, Andy was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer, and was given between 3-6 months to live if he did not receive treatment. He began undergoing treatment immediately in New Zealand.

Although declared cancer-free only two months later, Andy suffered a recurrence of the disease later in the year and was ultimately compelled to abandon his role as Spartacus.

Sadly, Andy passed away in Sydney, Australia, on September 11th, 2011, 18 months after his initial cancer diagnosis, at the age of 39.

Currently, a campaign has been set up to fund “Be Here Now”, a documentary by Oscar-winning director Lilibet Foster which documents Andy’s battle with NHL. If you would like to help, please visit to get involved, and know that you are appreciated beyond measure. If you cannot, spread the word and know that the sentiment remains the same.

“‘Be Here Now’ is all about being present, and not fearing what you don’t know.” – Andy Whitfield

I urge you to watch and think about donating,. My philosophy in life remains the same, as does that of his wife.

Here is my take on life to follow, here’s her view (her blog is AMAZING, she is SO strong!)

*People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.* *It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

I’m truly moved by this story and with recent events that have been happening in all our lives, this heartbreaking tale (I’m literally crying) of a man’s courage and strength makes you cherish the hand we’ve been dealt and to make the most of it!

About sydneysocial

One twenty-something year old girl who has been living in Australia since Jan 2009.


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