Anyway, this morning I had to be there for 6 hours, watching people coming and going getting their IV’s.
The majority of the people were there for chemotherapy; all full of hope, all on an endeavor to make a change, to shock their systems and improve their health. Some of them seemed to be in good shape and wining the battle, while others seemed to be struggling, with shortness of breath, feeling weak and no energy.
During my visit I was looking at the chairs getting constantly used, like being on a subway, as soon as somebody gets up the seat is rapidly taken. This experience made me think about my own life.
A few years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, fortunately it was detected at an early stage and everything was taken care. Yet, part of me could relate to them, not knowing what would happen to me, thinking about my wife crying, waiting for the results, thinking about my young kids… Remembering how my life came to a halt.
Yet today, I was there just for an infusion, a tune up, while the majority was there to survive, fighting for their lives.
Glazing at this situation gave me a different perspective about my life and my personal issues. These past weeks have been challenging. Some times, I just want to turn around and say “that is it, I am done,” yet, after looking at all these people I clearly see that I do not have anything to complain about. I am healthy, with a beautiful family, working on my passions: building ideas, writing and giving people a different perspective on life.
So, here is a thought:
It is easy to complain and to find a reason to feel sorry about our lives…
However, next time when you are frustrated and ready to feel petty about yourself, think about other’s misfortunes and difficulties, or better, go visit a homeless shelter or stop by an oncology department at a hospital. This will help you to put your life into perspective and to realize how easy you have it, how fortunate you are and how foolish you will feel complaining.
One more thing: Your health is your most precious possession. You can’t put a value on a healthy mind and body; take care of both, do not take them for granted.