I’ve had to spend some time over the last couple of weeks being in and out of hospital and it’s been an eye opening experience.
For someone who has been lucky in terms of my health overall, this past couple of weeks has taught me things, that to be fair, I probably already knew but perhaps took for granted.
I was one of only two people in this particular ward. Across from me was a man who is much older than I am but he was clearly delighted to have some company.
We chatted about all sorts of things, family, hobbies, which football teams we supported, it was great. We spoke about work and he asked me if I enjoyed what I did? I said I did, it was rewarding and that I got to work with a great bunch of people. He then asked me something that took me aback. “Is it something that you can see yourself doing for the rest of your life, do you have dreams, do you have wishes that you want to achieve before you’re my age”?
I told him that I did and that I’d made a list of 50 things recently that I wanted to do before I die but that I’d done three of them already. Bless him, he laughed and told me that I should have ticked many more things off of that list than three. He correctly then said that we only get one shot at this and it’s there for the living and to be enjoyed as much as is humanly possible. He told me that he’d done something similar when he was younger and had done them all and then some! His Miss World story is for another day!
Needless to say, I knew he was right and felt about three feet tall.
Having left hospital now, knowing what is wrong with me and being well on the way to recovery, I’m taking his advice. More of those things on my list will be ticked off this year and in the years ahead.
This song is about taking chances, and doing what you think is right regardless of what people might think. To be honest, whats more important? Live life, and be happy with yourself.
I couldn’t agree more, thanks to the wise old soul who pointed that out for me.