As we often try to do when the unthinkable happens, we try to understand and make sense out of it. Over 50 people died at a country music festival. More than 400 wounded. They were singing… maybe even singing their favorite song. They were dancing, they were happy, they were smiling. They were thinking, “I am so incredibly happy right now… to be here with my friends and family and having the time of my life.” I love music and I have often thought this very thought when attending shows at home and around the country. And then it ends… just like that. A life ends… just like that. I don’t get it, I never will get it. I am numb, I am mad, I am angry. I am profoundly sad.
Today happens to be my birthday. I woke up to hugs from my husband, “Happy birthday, darlin’!” Oh my life is so darn good. Then I heard the news. So, so sad.
I had clients to see today and a class to teach. “I must be focused,” I repeated to myself. Still, between appointments, I went to my phone to see what was going on. Soon I stopped looking. “I just can’t right now. The details will all come out. I must focus on my clients and what they need and want from me.” I did just that. They matter to me.
I also started to feel grateful.
I am grateful that I made it to my 56th year.
I am grateful for my husband.
I am grateful that my niece is in my life.
I am grateful that I have so many amazing friends near and far.
I am grateful that I am a physical therapist.
I am grateful I started my own business this past year.
I am grateful that I can somehow help aging adults feel better.
I am grateful that I can help others
I am grateful for doing…
I am grateful that I did not wait one second longer to start my business and follow my passion.
Thanks be to God in Heaven that I did what I did.
Thank God I continue to do what I want every single day.
I am so thankful that I am surrounded by fun, kind, and giving friends who inspire me every single day.
I am so grateful for everything I see when I look around me.
Because of all of this, I am having the time of my life.
Have the time of your life. And do it now. Don’t wait another second. You just may not have it… just like that.