As I recover from surgery earlier this week, I’m humbled by the important lessons I learned. I’m reminded I’m as prone to illness and injury as anyone and it can happen to me. Usually, I race through each day, stressed, and without much thought except working, writing, marketing, and then snatching thirty minutes of TV at the end of the day, if I’m lucky. A cancer scare (well, it’s more of a bloody terror if you ask me) made me slow down and do a little inventory of my life. I realize I need to make changes. I need to slow down, worry less, get out more and enjoy my wonderful family and friends.
Although I’m waiting the final all-clear, I realize how lucky I am, and this was an opportunity to see it. I only spent one night in the hospital. Some people spend weeks and months, and some never leave. I’m humbled and thankful, and aware it’s easy to slip back into old habits. Whenever I start to take things for granted again, I’ll think of this experience and remember what I learned.
For my recommended read this week, I just finished crime novel, Hamelin’s Child by DJ Bennett. A raw and shocking read about a teenager, tricked and drugged on his 17th birthday, who wakes up and finds himself thrust into the worst kind of nightmare imaginable. Forced to go to extraordinary lengths to survive, I wondered all the way through the book if he ever would or could. The horrors he faces are horrors that could easily happen to any vulnerable kid in a moment of rebellion, weakness, whatever you might call it. Nothing about the story is predictable, certainly not the ending. A fascinating read.