My friend C gave me a card for my mets-iversary that featured a quote from Joseph Campbell:
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
I certainly have had to toss out my hopes and plans for the life I thought I'd lead. Health -- bye bye. Career -- over. Parenthood -- not a chance.
In their place, in the life that was waiting for me, I've discovered some positives and some negatives: Time to do things I love. A "Velcro" dog who sticks to me like, well, Velcro. Pain. And more knowledge and experience of the world of medicine than I ever wanted.
Do they balance out? Not really. But this is the life I ended up with, and I aim to live it to the fullest each day.
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was a prolific American author, editor, philosopher and teacher. You can read more about him at the Joseph Campbell Foundation's website.