“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

When people find out that I had cancer, their first words are usually, "I'm sorry." I always respond with the same, "Please don't be, it's the best thing that has ever happened to me."

When I didn't know how bad it was, I did A LOT of thinking. How did I feel looking back on my life if this were the beginning of the end? Was I proud of myself and my choices? Sadly, the answer was no. I was lucky, though. A few surgeries, and I was fine. Out with the melanoma and in with a brand new perspective:

Life is too short for regrets.
Life is too short not to be happy each day.
Life is too short to surround yourself with drains of energy rather than sources of energy.
Life is too short not to celebrate those whom you love and who love you.
Life is too short not to give back to the world around you before it's too late.

I want to start a fashion company and travel the world. I want to inspire and be inspired, love and be loved. I want to get married, have children and give them everything. I want to be a rockstar. Most of all, I never want to forget the lessons I have been fortunate enough to learn.

— Yael Melamed