Pacific Grove. February 2017. Image by me.
My life has always been full of surprises. The unexpected. Love and betrayal. Family crazies. Friendships gained and lost. Your life’s probably been the same. Because that’s what life is. It’s full of surprises.
Today I’m at Stanford Hospital, where my husband is having a three-hour surgery. We expect a full recovery. But the need for this procedure, which the surgeon was unwilling to put off until the summer, the need for it came as a surprise. Not what we expected. Or wanted.
But here’s the thing: For every miraculous thing in life there’s likely to be its polar opposite. That’s just the way of the world.
Nonetheless, life churns on and just like waves on my beloved Pacific coast, life can be calm or it can roar and boom. It can be peaceful or swirling with action.
And just like when you’re stuck on the water in a storm, there’s nothing to do but ride it out. So that’s what we’re doing.
Maybe life’s handed you a few odd turns and twists. Some surprises. Maybe some of them have been serious. Maybe you feel trapped, backed into a corner, like you can’t do anything about it.
Well, there’s something you can do. The only thing you can do.
Hang on and ride it out.
Surf the top of the waves or dive in and swim.
And when things are good? Live out loud. Balls out, as they say. Live balls out.
Prayers and positive thoughts for my husband’s full and easy recovery are so appreciated.