Friday, January 21, 2011

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

There is light at the end of the tunnel. {Insert huge sigh of relief here.}

Last Thursday my daughter came down with a terrible stomach virus. The timing couldn't have been worse, as we were literally about 3 minutes from driving my husband to the airport for a business trip when she tossed her cookies. She was sick all day Thursday, but seemed to be doing ok besides a lack of appetite on Friday.

Friday evening we picked up my husband from the airport. God works in amazing ways, I tell you. As soon as my husband got home AJ not only became sick again, but I also became violently ill. Seriously, within an hour of my husband's arrival I went from woohoo! to oh blarg. I am so thankful that it held off until he got home.

Saturday my husband did a wonderful job taking care of us, but the inevitable happened and Sunday he was sick too.

We got into a pattern where AJ was fine all day, and then she would throw up in the early evening or right after we put her to bed. We took her to the doctor's office on Monday. He suggested that sometimes after a bad GI virus, your digestive system moves extremely slowly. You're fine in the morning, but by the time dinner rolls around you're all backed up and it causes you to vomit. He said that if it went on for several more days that we could put her on a 5-7 day treatment of Zantac. Luckily we didn't have to do that though. To get her back on track it just took one day of giving her a very bland diet in the evening. Yesterday was the first time she ate all three meals and a snack in 8 days. I'm so thankful my little girl is feeling better. There is nothing worse than a sick child.

Today's question for my Day Zero Project - The 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind:

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

This question makes me sad, because if the average life span was 40 years, most of our parents would have been gone during our teens or early twenties, and we'd barely get to know our children before we were gone too.

In a lot of ways though, I think my husband and I do a great job not waiting around for life to happen. When we graduated from college we took a huge leap of faith and moved to New York City's Greenwich Village. It wasn't glamorous. In fact, our apartment (though providing all the necessities) was in an old tenement building. It was 250 square feet of living space that you had to climb 6 narror flights of stairs to get to. And we didn't have anything. I literally moved with two suitcases, a backpack, and a duffle bag. My husband actually built our first "entertainment center" out of old paper boxes and duct tape. It didn't seem crazy at the time, but looking back on it now it seems soooo crazy.

It was worth it though. We both had great jobs, and little by little we purchased small pieces of furniture, and we made that apartment our first home. We also learned so much about life and 'being a grown-up', invaluable stuff that we would have never learned anywhere else.

I guess that's what this question is all about. Are you waiting for your life to happen? Take the chance!

If the average human life span was 40 years, I might have shared my feelings for my husband sooner than I had. In high school we were friends. He had a thing for me, I had a thing for him, but neither of us ever said anything in fear that a friendship would be lost. Fast forward 6 years and the truth finally comes out - we live happily ever after. In retrospect though, the relationships that we had before we got together certainly make us appreciate each other even more.

:-)

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