Johnny commented in my last post asking if I'd elaborate on how my perspective has changed after my near-death experience. That sounds so dramatic, doesn't it? Near-death experience... but I guess that's what it was. I chatted him up about it in a private e-mail. He mentioned that this would be good blog fodder so I'll put it out there for ya. This is exactly as I wrote it to Johnny....
#1 The biggest thing I'd have to say is that I don't sweat the small stuff anymore. And in reality, most of it really is just small stuff when you look at the big picture.
#2 I don't worry about what other people think about me or how I live my life. I do what makes ME happy, what makes ME feel fulfilled. What you think about me no longer matters to me. (I mean that in the friendliest way of "you" being anyone in particular not YOU in the literal sense.)
#3 I appreciate everything. Because I almost lost it. I appreciate EVERYTHING. My family, my job, my home, my health..... how the breeze blows and the trees sway, the warmth of the sun, how blue the sky is, the smell of a rose, the sweetness of ice cream, the laughter of my sister's kids, EVERYTHING. Am I being too philosophical? Do you get it?
#4 I try to live in the moment. And enjoy this life cuz it may be the only one I get. I want to have fun and make memories. I don't want to just simply exist from day to day, plodding through life bored senseless and whining about everything I feel slighted about.
#5 I have my moments... but for the most part I'm in a good mood. It's hard to wake up in a bad mood when I consider what my alternative almost was. I'm a sickeningly optimistic person now. In my opinion, things are never as bad as they may seem. It certainly could always be worse. I can't really tolerate bitchin' and moanin' anymore.
#6 I'm much more spiritual and faith driven. Everything happens for a reason, right? Even if it makes no sense in that moment... at some point it will.
#7 I'm genuinely happy. Could my life be better, easier? Sure. Tomorrow I could win the lottery, the CCAA could call me with a referral for me and all my friends, and I'd wake up looking like the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls (sorry.. she's my latest girl crush.. if I were to turn lesbian... which I'm not BTW.... not that's there's anything wrong with that! LOL) But my life is what it is and I'm happy with it.
The definition of "Appreciate" is to "Recognize the worth". The message I hope I can make people hear is to APPRECIATE the life you've been given.
Count your blessings. Love your family. Enjoy your life. Live it well. Be happy. Because you never know when it could be gone. Just like that.
We all tend to take things for granted. I was guilty of that, too. But not anymore.