Yesterday started like any other day, except I woke up a little tired from testing new drinks with some friends last night. Soon after waking up I realized it was a special day, it was the day I take the big step to move my blog over to WordPress. Woo Hoo!! But I had a lot to do and my excitement was quickly subdued by the tasks of the day.
I was really dragging through my day and at a grocery store in the pet isle by myself singing along to the song over the loud speaker. When for some reason I got the feeling I was not alone, I slowly turned my head to the opposite end of the isle to see a woman dancing, not just moving a little, like really getting down!! Her hands were in the air and she was moving to the beat when she looks down at me and we both just start cracking up. She shouts down “I am sorry, but the song was too good, I had to dance” I replied “Hey at least you have rhythm, I am down here singing out loud off key!” She then starts walking towards me. Now to be honest this is the part of the story where the old me would start to panic and think )oh jeez I do not have time for this, how long is this person going talk to me) But the new me was super interested in what she was going to say. This small older woman had no hair, a sweat shirt and shorts and a motorcycle helmet in her cart. She looked a little frail but I could tell this was recent and she had once been in shape. Her skin was tan and she appeared to be very sun exposed. Her smile on the way over shined as bright as the sun, happiness was gleaming from her every pore. As she approached me she said “Honey, I just got my eyes dilated at Nationwide Vision and I cannot focus on anything! I was sitting there staring at the pet treat boxes, not able to pick out my dogs favorite treat when the music just hit me” I said “Oh hey, let’s go back down there and I can find the treat you need” on the way back she started to tell me all about the dog and all about herself. “My dog used to be wild and crazy, much like me but when I was diagnosed with cancer she changed. She keeps and eye out for me, she waits patiently while I administer my medications, she knows we are on a schedule now, that Chemo is on Thursday and I might not get sleep that night, she has been so understanding, but what she does not understand is if I come home without her favorite treats, I swear when I have them she gives me the biggest smile and when I don’t either because I forgot or money is too tight, she gives me the dirtiest look!” She made me laugh and smile and told me so much about herself in this brief little encounter. I realized she wears the sweatshirt to hide tubes from her treatments. She was buying the most inexpensive frozen meals so she could afford to treat her companion and good friend. We chatted for a few more moments before she headed on her way, as she walked away I said “Hey, keep dancing!” and she shouted back “You know it!!” This woman walking away who was in knock down drag out fight with death, was the most alive person I have encountered in a long time!
This made my day, it reinforced for me what I have been trying to tell myself for the past year, life is what you make it. It is impossible to avoid problems, challenges, sickness and tragedy. But while you are breathing, you need to live!!
This is my dog when she was born, she is in there somewhere. She looks a lot like her mom now.