I am a year older. And a new one is about to begin.
In my new career as an Uber driver, I picked up a guy at the Emergency Room at the local hospital.
"Hello! How are you?"
"Great! I came here in an ambulance, and I'm taking an Uber home!"
WOW. Great indeed. A win.
And so we talked...
Waking up and having a blood pressure above 220/150 will definitely get your attention. Its a real and present danger. After a (short) conversation with his doctor, the former EMT was taking an ambulance ride to the emergency room (while taking pictures of himself on the gurney and texting them to his former co-worker).
Fortunately, everything worked out.
It served as a reminder to me as to how fragile and temporary all of this is. We spend so much time trying to change another's course in life that it changes ours. Time spent that can never be recovered. Things that you have spent your whole life wanting to do....that you give up for someone else.
And yet, in the end, it may be worth it.
"Our fathers fought the second World War.
And spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore"
My generation has not been tasked to that extent.
But we have our own challenges, nonetheless. Balancing the precious time we have left between ourselves, children, and grandchildren. And it seems, from my perspective, we are wasting our precious time.
Are we? Is it worth it? Will they appreciate it? I don't know.
But hasn't it always been so?
Go ask Bruce...