Sometimes the universe is there to give us a little slap upside the head when we need it. This happened to me the other day; coincidently on my birthday, which was a big one that I had spent way too much time fussing over.
This is me at my 4th birthday and it’s pretty much how I felt this year.
We decided to spend the day at the beach to “celebrate”. The weather was nice and we walked and walked, took pictures and enjoyed the fresh cool breeze. As we climbed the steps up from the beach I asked my husband to pose with the dog for a quick picture with the ocean behind them.
Just as I was focusing, a woman behind me said “let me take your picture, then you can take ours”. She was super enthusiastic and already reaching out for the camera. Ok, I thought, great! So we posed, she snapped, then we traded cameras and I took pictures of her, her husband and their sweet baby girl. As I handed the camera back to her, she handed me her phone and asked if I would mind taking a couple more quick shots. “Sure” I said, “easier to send photos, right?” She then said she had to make sure everyone knew she was okay because she’d just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Shocked, I looked at her and sputtered out my condolences and told her she looked great. She said she’d had a mastectomy last week and still had drainage tubes and all but she wanted everyone to see that she was happy, doing well and was spending a wonderful day at the beach with her husband and baby.
I mumbled something about how foolish and vain I now felt in feeling bad about my big birthday and she claimed she couldn’t believe I was that old. Never mind me and my whining's; she had instantly and completely changed my attitude. How could I complain when I had just met someone who would give anything to know she was going to make it to 60 and watch her baby girl grow up? There, I said it…60! So there you have it. Occasionally the universe hands you a little something to think about, which might just make a difference…if you’re paying attention.
Thanks for the photo nice sweet lady. I’m thinking of you and sending healthy good wishes for your long long life!