Just yesterday I was all bummed out because I cut the corner too close pulling into my parking lot, scraping the side of my SUV. It was like I had done the worst thing in the world. I’m not sure why it was so important but I have been programmed that this is just AWFUL. No one got hurt, it’s JUST a car. So silly to get worked up about something so simple. The well-being of cars aren’t important at the end of the day.
Well I was reminded of what is truly important at about 2:30 this morning at the Vet ER with my baby, Bailey, when I was told she had cancer. I can’t imagine ever hearing this about an actual human child, this was tough enough. I sort of froze, I didn’t really understand what the Vet was saying. After I had asked her to say it to me again in like the 4th way possible, delirious from the lack of sleep and emotional roller-coaster of the last 3 hours, I understand what she really said with those words: “Your baby has a cancerous tumor, and it may have spread.” The words oncologist, chemo, tumors, sounded so familiar from when my dad was diagnosed 2 and a half years ago, but this was different. Both hard circumstances but two completely different relationships.
I got Bailey when I was 20 years old, just an irresponsible Sophomore at UT. She was roughly 6 months old, adopted from a local shelter. From that February day on she was my child, my baby girl. You don’t think about it when you first get a puppy that they will grow older and wiser with you and that a bond will be created that you have with no other person or thing. She is truly the most unselfish friend I have. I love this girl more than anything in this world. SHE is what matters, not my stupid car, or my computer, or jewelry or any thing else that I happen to own of monetary value. This was a huge reminder to me to live in the now and to appreciate what you love and what loves you, not taking any of that for granted. Love is what matters, relationships are what matters, and, if you’re lucky enough to have an unselfish friend of your own like I do, understand how special that is. Wish us luck! 🙂
I have linked a great article below about living in the now, please check it out.