With Thanksgiving just passing and the rest of the holiday season upon us, life gets crazy. There’s shopping to do, meals to plan, and parties to go to. With the hustle and bustle of life it’s hard to find the time to really reflect on all of the good we have around us. It’s easy to get caught up in wishing we had more, losing appreciation for the things right in front of us. Lately I’ve tried making a point to spend time each day thinking of all of the amazing things I have in my life, reminding myself how truly fortunate I am.
A few weeks ago my family and I had a pretty big scare, we got the call that my dad was having a heart attack and was being rushed to the emergency room. The call made me freeze in place and sent a rush of panic through my body. No, this couldn’t be happening. I raced to the hospital, which has never felt so far away, the whole time telling ‘him’ that he couldn’t die on me. I needed him. His granddaughter needed him. There was no way he was leaving us this early. Rushing into the emergency room to meet my mom, we were eventually told that he had gone into cardiac arrest while in route to the hospital; his heart had stopped. The paramedics were able to get him back, and he was rushed to the Cath Lab for an emergency stent upon his arrival to the ER.
We were fortunate enough that he made it through everything with flying colors and has no permanent damage from the cardiac arrest. He was lucky. We were lucky.
This past weekend as I was racing, thinking about life and what I was thankful for, I thought about my dad. I thought about how thankful I am to have him with us this holiday season, to have his love and support. How thankful I am for life and second chances. I ran that day for him, because without him life would never be the same.
As crazy as life gets during this holiday season and beyond, remember to take a moment or two each day to appreciate all of the good in your life and hug those around you a little tighter.