I was sick this Easter weekend — a weekend that most people have looked forward to with such intensity and vigor particularly in the wake of the fresh wave of hope that the Covid-19 vaccinations have offered. I didn’t have the Coronavirus, thankfully, but I was still raging a war with my own body. It is a fight that is more of a battle of wills. It is a fight that everyone has experienced, though very little discussion has taken place. After all, who likes to talk about being sick? We just say I was sick and then that’s it, as we are all anxious to resume the daily crunch of normal life again.
Each and every time that I was sick, I have been reminded of certain things. To be reminded of the these things that we must all never forget and yet people do seem to forget this when they are healthy and well. It is only when they are sick that people forget that being healthy is something that we must always treasure, must always work for, and must always maintain. Being healthy is not a given, as anything can happen. Therefore, remember these lessons that I learned while I was sick.
Don’t put off until tomorrow
When I am healthy, I do take life for granted. I often say things like I can do it tomorrow or I’m so tired so I want to sleep all day. I am constantly saying that I want to do this or that, but it never happens today. I end up putting it off until tomorrow. But the problem is: tomorrow never gets here. If I keep putting things off until tomorrow, and tomorrow never gets here, then when will it get done?
We go about our lives, assuming that there will be a tomorrow, but the truth of the matter is, no tomorrow is ever guaranteed. Which is why we should always do as much as we can today, and make sure that tomorrow doesn’t become never.
This also brings me to my next point:
Everything can change in an instant
Tomorrow is never guaranteed because everything can change in an instant. In this moment, you might be sitting at your desk, working on a business proposal. Or, you might be sitting on the couch, talking to your mom or dad on Skype. And then the next moment, you might be stuck in your car, which was flipped upside down, waiting for the paramedics to reach you. Or, you may receive a phone call from the doctor that changes everything.
We never know what will happen. That is why it is important that we treasure each and every moment. It is when I am at my most vulnerable — when I am sick — that I am aware of this fact. Everything can change. I can be healthy at one moment, and then wake up sick.
There are more important things than your job or money
Your job and money will come and go. Literally. After all, the average person in the US will have a total of 12 jobs. Money will also get deposited into your bank account on a set day every week, every two weeks, or every month, only to have the money diminish to pay bills. My point is, the constant in life is not your job or money. Those things can change. Even when you are sick, your job is still there. You still have to work. Even if you have the fortune to be able to call out, or take a sick leave, you are still given a limited number of days to recuperate otherwise you risk getting terminated. As for money, money will also continue to dwindle out of your account, thanks for the miracle of automatic payments.
But the one thing that will continue to be there for you while you are sick is your family. Your family is more important than your job or money. Therefore, keep the things that matter close. Remember that your life does not revolve around working, but about spending time with your family.