I have been very fortunate in my life. Born and raised in Canada in one of the most prosperous countries in the world… it’s hard to ask for much more. Sometimes when you have such privileges in life, you can forget about how fortunate you are.
Just awhile ago, I ran into some unexpected news. I was at the doctor appointment receiving a checkup. The doctor ended up telling me to go see a specialist. He was concerned about something and the specialist would be better to deal with it apparently. The appointment took awhile but I finally saw the specialist. The original “problem” didn’t seem like an issue anymore but he wanted me to to go for an imaging scan. I didn’t really know the details but he thought something looked abnormal and that it might cause issues later. He also mentioned possibly needing preventative surgery.
I was obviously concerned leaving the appointment and I wasn’t sure if I should tell anybody. I was supposed to be trip planning but this turn of events was going to delay my trip for who-knows how long. As I waited for my next appointment, I generally felt uninspired to trip plan. Trying not to worry about something is a tough thing to do.
As people kept asking me about my upcoming trip, I brushed it off and made up some excuses. I didn’t want to tell them what was going on until I knew more myself. I didn’t want people to worry, especially my parents. I ended up telling a few people including a few close friends as I did appreciate some support as this dragged on.
On the day of my scan, everything went smoothly and I was happy to get a very nice doctor. He told me that the initial scanned looked okay but they would analyze further and send the results to the specialist. That was the first bit of good news and I felt a little relieved. I waited almost three more weeks for the doctor’s follow-up appointment. I didn’t sleep well that night. Fortunately, the appointment ended up being very short. The doctor gave me the great news that there was no issues and everything was A-OK!
Like the ending scene in The Pursuit of Happyness , I was relieved, happy… you name it. Leaving the doctor’s place, I spent a few minutes in my car just letting the feelings of relief take over.
So often, we spend our days thinking about what makes us happy, what we’re planning to do, what we want to buy and so forth. But at the end of the day, we only have today. We have a chance to experience life and that’s it. There is little point to complain about the little things when you look at the big picture.
The most important things are the simplest things: friends, family, health, attitude etc. Never forget that.