I Almost Died...
The purpose of these blogs is not just for fitness and workout advice. I want these to be a quick read that informs and also gives you something to think about throughout your day. So sit back and allow me to recount my recent brush with Mr. Grimm Reaper. My wife and I had put the kids to bed and were enjoying each other’s company in those too few moments of peace and quiet when you live as a family of six. We were discussing our hectic days, and as you can imagine with four kids and a husband, laundry is part of her everyday activities. Knowing there was currently laundry going, I see an easy opportunity to earn some major brownie points. I decide I’m going to make my way downstairs to switch over the laundry for my beautiful wife. Unbeknownst to me, there were toys waiting maliciously on the very top step previously left there by my four-year-old daughter. The lights were off as I began my journey, therefore, the following incident caught me completely off guard. I think we all know where this is going. I’ve never personally stepped on a land mine, but I feel as though these toys that are made of the hardest plastic known to man i.e. Legos, are at least a close second in the pain sensation department. I take that first step and I’m off to the races… I make a desperate attempt to grab the railing, but as you can imagine a 250+ pound man traveling at such high velocity made quick work to snap that rail right off the wall. From the top to the bottom, my backside didn’t so much as miss one of those steps as the rail was traveling beside me. The bottom of the stairs brought a sudden halt to my lighting descent. I was in absolute shock… I had never literally fallen down a whole flight of stairs. My wife recalls the sound like something similar to a grand piano and an elephant racing down the stairs. What are the first words I hear come out of her mouth? “Get up and make sure you’re ok so I can laugh!” And laugh she did!!! After I realized I wasn’t dead, I joined in to laugh at myself as well.
OK, so maybe I didn’t almost die, but things could have been so much worse than what they were. As I was sitting at the bottom of the stairs checking for compound fractures, I couldn’t help but think to myself how fast life can change. Here I am, five weeks out of my first powerlifting competition, living my dream of being a sponsored athlete, and getting stronger in the weight room every day, and one ill-placed toy could’ve taken it all away in the blink of an eye. The Bible says in James 4:14- How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
I remember being younger and feeling a sense of invincibility… nothing could hurt me and I was going to live forever. As I get older, I’m beginning to appreciate how precious life is and that it can change in a moment. One misstep, one second of not paying attention behind the wheel, one phone call, you go left instead of right… and nothing is ever the same again. Life is short! I’m watching my kids grow up every day and I find myself making futile attempts to slow it down. But life will never slow down. The only thing I can do is cherish every second and minute and hour that God gives me on this earth. And to use that time to squeeze everything I can out of each and every moment I’m given.
What are you doing with your life? Are you in a job that you hate? Life is too short. Do you have a tattered relationship with someone you care about, whether it was your fault or not? Life is too short. Is there something you’re wanting to do or a place you’re wanting to go? Life is too short not to “do” or “go”! Don’t waste your life! Hug your spouse and kids a little tighter today. Be the employee that your company dreams about. I don’t know what tomorrow may bring. What I do know is I want my legacy to be that I loved God, loved my family, and tried to impact my sphere of influence in a powerful way. What’s your legacy going to be? Life is short and it can change so quickly. Cherish every moment! Have a blessed day!