Your health, your family, friends, career, access to education, the ability to drive a car, hot water, electricity…from the most important and irreplaceable, to things we use every day without a second thought, most of us take a lot for granted as we move about our daily lives. What would you do without any one of those? How would your life change?
It’s easy to neglect to appreciate having the ability get out of bed every morning if you have never had the experience of that not being an option. In January 2002 I had what would be the beginning of a 6 year (in reality it is lifelong) journey to a spinal fusion. I was in my early twenties and all of a sudden I couldn’t get out of bed, walk or barely breathe without experiencing significant pain in my lower back. Back pain is one of the leading causes for missing work and doctors visits in the US, but I knew quickly this wasn’t just “back pain”, this was very different. It wasn’t until that time that I realized how much I took for granted when it came to my health. It wasn’t until then that I realized my body could absolute stop me from doing what I wanted to do, from my daily activities, from most anything.
My path wasn’t exactly a straight line, but I am forever grateful for that surgery and for the months of physical therapy that drastically improved my quality of life. Although I have a constant reminder of my surgery by the 5 inch long scar on my back, eventually you forget the pain and move on with life. It’s so easy to get back into our routine and go about life with the same casualness that lured us into a false sense of security. In some ways forgetting the pain is a good thing, but it’s also important to remember to be appreciative and protective over the things we would not want to live without.
I think the best way to ensure we do not take anything for granted is to imagine what our lives would be like without-a loved one, a safe home, an education a breath. So say thank you, say I love you and enjoy all the tiny little things that make your life better, more enjoyable and fuller each day.
As you move about your week, be grateful and Get Flossy!