Has your life ever changed in an instant?
Has there ever been a moment when everything about your life changed suddenly and unforeseeably? For the negative or positive.
Yes, when I first became a mother. I had assumed after my baby was born I would continue with life much as it had been--busy career, big bucks--except with a baby added to the mix. Then I saw my son and realized I was a completely different creature now!
Yes, six years ago. Which changed my life forever physically and emotionally.
Yes it has for both negitave and postive Im not going to go into detail but life can change in an instant cherish what you have while you still have it and always look foward to the future take comfort and caution in knowing life can change it an instant!
The night my then 5 year old daughter ( almost 18 now ) met me at the front door telling me that daddy fell asleep in the pool. That night life as we knew it changed and we were in a living nightmare from that moment that last 2 years. Though there were a few positives, my daughter wasn't in the pool with him, my middle daughter gave birth to my first grand daughter and we've survived.
Yes, when my son was born. It was like we were going through the motions before his birth, and I didn't really grasp that a brand new human was on the way. Then suddenly, there he was, and it was a game-changer.
My life has changed seemingly overnight many times, and in both positive and negative ways.
The most "instant" among life-changing events happened 36 years ago (today's the anniversary, actually - so it's odd I'd run into this question) when a drunk and speeding driver hit the car in which I was riding, and the best friend I've grown up with since childhood, was killed; and I was injured.
We were both weeks short of our twenty-first birthdays. It was as if I'd been going along in life on a train, and the train was suddenly derailed. When it was put back on a track that track took it in a whole other direction than it otherwise would have gone. Maybe it's not accurate to say "when it was put back on a track". Maybe it's more accurate to say "when I had enough time, and figure out how the hell I was going to get that monster of a train on the nearest track with whatever resources I had".
Eight months later, there was more "instant" derailment when my father had a massive heart attack that would soon thereafter result in his death.
Quite a bit of my early- and mid-twenties was spent getting used to, figuring out a new plan for, and generally processing a life that had had so much "derailment" so soon, and within such a short period of time; and a life that was a completely different world than the one I'd once known.
Some of who/what has come into my life as a result of my being in that unplanned-for "world" are people and memories I treasure beyond words, so there's life (and lots and lots of it) after derailment. There's also all kinds of happiness and "OK-ness" and any number of wonderful things one would never trade for anything. There's not, however, looking back on a "track" that runs from point-of-origin to the present stop without a stretch, way back at the beginning of the journey, that's crooked and damaged and marks the end of one ride to one destination and the beginning of a different ride to another one. There are things to be learned from the different view, though, and one of them is one that everyone eventually learns anyway; which is that there is never any returning to the beginning of the journey - whether or not there's a broken stretch of tracks along the way. (It turns out that's not such a bad lesson to learn early on.)
Yes, when I first saw my daughter have a seizure. Diagnosis: Epilepsy. It has been seven long years in which we have learned a lot but our lives have never been the same.
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