What to Do When Life Pushes You Around
Last Sunday night I drove myself to the emergency room.
I’ve had a health problem I’ve ignored for years. But the past few weeks, it has grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.
Black and Blue Monday
It all started when I had an accident at work a few years ago. I bruised my hip to the bone when I fell off my delivery truck. The case of diced pears I landed on didn’t fare well either. My hip swelled and turned the darkest shade of purple I’d ever seen. I was treated at the hospital and went home.
The fluid the injury generated went where gravity took it — the next closest container.
I went to three doctors. The second told me I had a hydrocele. I spent all l had at the time and finally just decided to live with it (I didn’t have insurance).
Last week I decided enough was enough.
When Life Pushes You
Does it ever seem like everything happens at once? You get sick. Half the appliances in your house break. You lose a lesson video when your computer dies.
It makes you want to throw your hands in the air and say, “The hell with it.”
Or it makes you want to push back and say,
“Okay. This is ridiculous. I’ve had enough, life. Take THIS.”
I finished the blog post class I was working on. I called a tech to fix the dishwasher. I went to the doctor and kept on until I resolved my health problem.
Fight back when life hands you lemons.
Passivity will kill you.
I don’t have cancer.
He fought the good fight and lived 7 years. His blog touched hundreds of people, maybe thousands. When he died, a standing room only crowd gathered to remember him.
Life sucks sometimes.
It will suck more if you let it beat you up.
Fight back. Use what you have while you have it. We really do need you to share your wisdom. You never know what a difference it can make in someone’s life.
You only get one shot at life.
Please don’t waste it. Grab life by the horns and milk every day for all its worth.
You might fail sometimes.
But along the way, you’ll find a power passivity will never show you.
The UNKNOWN is the scariest thing.
I can’t promise you tomorrow will be trouble free.
It probably won’t be.
Trouble is an opportunity. It shows you what you’re made of. It burns away your foolishness or magnifies it.
The Unknown scared me from going to the doctor. What if it was cancer? Would not knowing let me live longer?
I decided finding out was better than living with pain.
When I learned that everything was good except for the extra fluid inside me, I felt immediate relief.
Driving to the emergency room was scary. Taking charge of my health brought me peace.
Kick your own passivity in the butt
I’m not telling you my story to brag.
I wish I’d done it better.
I’m sharing it because I don’t want you to suffer like I did. You don’t have to. You can make a new choice. You can push instead of being pushed. You can draw your own map instead of being tossed around like a sailboat in a windstorm. Life will batter you. But you can grab a rudder and guide the wind in your sail.
What can you push back against this week?
Start now. You’re not guaranteed tomorrow. The rest of your life depends on what you do today.
Get help if you need it.
Make the difference you were born to make.
Now go kick passivity in the butt.