How to cope when your life changes in an instant
People can gripe about the stupidest things. If they were really put in a dire situation, how would they cope? They are cranky about missing out on a car park, that it’s raining (like you can change that!), or they can’t go on that holiday to Bali that all their friends are going on and they think it’s unfair. They’ve obviously got no idea how quickly the important things can change, and how much you have to appreciate them while you have them. In one instant it can all be transformed into something you never expected in your life.
My friend recently fought breast cancer and celebrated her remission (big fist pumps and happy dance). Only weeks later her husband was riding his pushbike, keeping fit and enjoying his day, when suddenly a car struck him from behind. He was critically injured in the collision on March 4th and flown to John Hunter Hospital (from Port Macquarie). He has a long recovery ahead with injuries from head to toe (he’s already endured many operations). You can help Tony (who has always given to the community through surf life saving and more) at Go Fund Me.
How is my friend, Leanne, getting through this seemingly unfair turn of events? The way I’ve always know Leanne to do things. She puts on her happy face (at least for the public) writes with her heart and soul (updates of his progress) and finds a bit of humour (like blowing bubbles) to stop her from what she really want to do (ask why us?). She is grateful for sunrises (she has trouble sleeping at the hospital), rain, family, friends, hospital staff, strangers, hospital food (well maybe not), cakes, flowers (so many she had to ask people to stop sending them), the T celebrations (groups in Port Macquarie are forming Ts and sending pictures to Leanne and posting online to support Tony), dog sitters, vets and of course the kindness of strangers (I’m sure Leanne who is totally eloquent with words would be able to add more to this).
So if you think your day is tough because you stubbed your toe, be grateful that that’s all that happened to you or your loved ones today. Go and kiss them and hug them and tell them that you love them.