Strangely enough, then, a wake-up call, although no fun at the time, can be a blessing if you choose to turn the experience around and make something positive come out of it.
I've always been a fraidy-cat. Yep, always played it safe. But I went through a life-changing experience this past summer. I was seriously ill. Spent 5 days in the hospital, the doctors didn't know what was wrong with me. We found out later from the blood tests that I had Powassan virus (a tick-borne virus). There have only been 6 recorded cases of it in my state (7 now, if you include me), and fewer than 60 cases in the United States. 10-15 percent of people who contract the virus die, and many people who survive end up with long-term problems. Lucky me. I am fine, no residual effects. But let me tell you, I see things so differently now! I feel as though I have been given a second chance and I'm not going to waste it. I am trying new things that I used to be afraid of. For example, I have always been afraid of horses since I got thrown off when I was a teen. This summer I went on a trail ride on steep mountain trails out in Wyoming. Our guide was impressed - he said if I could do that ride, I could ride any horse. Yeehaw! We're considering plopping a couple of horses down on our ranch some day. I am laughing more and relaxing more. I've always been convinced that healthy eating is important, but now it's a passion - I need to live to be 100 to do everything I want to do! My 50th birthday is coming up in 2 months. I've always tried to let my birthday slip by un-noticed. Not this year. I haven't decided what I will do, but I am going to be celebrating in a BIG WAY!
Here's E. She's a pretty happy kid right now!
And me at the end of a two-hour trail ride. Tired, but I did it!
I guess I don't really have a specific New Year's Resolution. Just to LIVE LIFE in a BIGGER WAY!
Happy New Year!