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Things I’ve Decided Since Nearly Dying

Aren’t you supposed to get a whole new perspective on life when you come dangerously close to not having one anymore?  Well, I don’t think my entire outlook has changed, but I have thought some new thoughts; I’ve evaluated some things – the way I do them or don’t do them; and I’ve examined life as I knew it to see if it was working for me.  These are the things I’ve decided:

  • I probably don’t need makeup every day.  I’ve skipped going into the pool with the kids because of leaky mascara.  I’ve opted out of spontaneous trips places because I wasn’t made up.  So, is it that important?  No.  I’m not even that scary looking without makeup!

Alright, maybe a little scary without makeup!

  • I love potato chips and cream cheese, but I don’t eat them anymore because there is no fat in pretzels.  While I don’t think it’s a good idea to make this old favorite snack a daily staple, I think I can certainly splurge now and again and have potato chips and cream cheese instead of pretzels.  It will make my heart happy.
  • Dr. Nestor Veitia is, far and away, the best doctor I will ever have.  I’ve met an awful lot of doctors now and through the years, and I can say, without a second of hesitation, Dr. Veitia is one of a kind and amazing.

  • Not all of my irrational fears need to be dismissed.  I have an irrational fear of driving near trucks.  I don’t like them next to me or in front of me; and if I am between a truck and a guard rail, my heart races.  I think some irrational fears are okay to embrace.  This shall be mine.
  • Water sucks.  I don’t like drinking water.  But even more, I don’t like lemonade.  Since my options while I await removal of my kidney stone are rather limited, I’m drinking water.  But I don’t like it.  And I doubt I will learn to.
  • I love my family.  I don’t always like them, and I don’t always like their behavior.  I may not stifle that feeling as often as I’ve done in the past.  But I know, no matter what, I will always love them.


4 Replies to “Things I’ve Decided Since Nearly Dying”

  1. Anna, stay away from those damn trucks. I have been run off the road by a Perdue truck and I got my car totaled by being hit from behind by a truck into a tractor trailer. If I pass them, I floor it until I am safely away. I will not drive anywhere near them. Makes the drive to Florida interesting.

    1. Thanks for backing me up, Maggie! I speed up, too, when I pass them – and I pass them because I suffer heart palpitations if I have them riding next to me!! Makes the irrational fear much more rational when I’m not the only one that has it!

  2. Glad you are doing so much better! Did you notice the orbs in the last picture with your family in it????? Amazing!!!

    1. Thanks, Kelli – I am doing better! I had to go back and look at that picture of my gang! While I do believe we are truly embraced by those that have loved us and left us, I think those are snow flakes at the Osborne Spectacle of Lights 🙂 I am, however, going back through some other pictures to see if there may be photographic proof of the family that I can’t see surrounding me!

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