I’m Cannon Haenke. Surviving a heart attack six months ago made me a more grateful person.

I have smiled more. I have enjoyed life more. I have developed the desire to explore our beautiful world more. I have made more friends since then.

Not that I was unhappy before that. I’ve just shifted focus and I have become more aware of the things that are going on around me.

I used to be so obsessed with my work. I was also short-tempered. Now I work less hours and spend my weekends surfing. Being in the water brings so much peace to my soul.

I remembered surfing with the dolphins the first time I was back in the water from the hospital. I was ecstatic. The experience was easily one of the best moments in my life. I was actually wondering if they have been there all along and I just haven’t noticed. Nevertheless, I’m grateful.

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance.


I didn’t want to wait for something to happen to me before I live my life. Like really, I thought I was living the best life I could. Working hard on weekdays, going to the gym at least three times a week, not drinking alcohol as much as my friends and going on holiday at least once a year. I never thought it could be better. I suppose things happen to wake us up or to give us a nudge about things we are taking for granted.

I plan to do more traveling and maybe visit some friends in Europe. Watching the Olympics in Rio also makes me want to visit Brazil. The list is getting longer. Let’s see what gets done.

Wherever life takes me, I just want to make more of my extended stay in this world.