I came down withe the flu this weekend. Make that “THE FLU”. In CAPS. As in, “I was really really really really SICK”. So sick, I put EVERYTHING ELSE on hold for four entire days. My job. My family’s needs. My writing. EVERYTHING.
You have to understand that this is not like me. I am the mom who would cook for her kids and their friends with a temperature of 101 simply because they asked. I am the daughter who would drive to my parents’ house with a sprained ankle just to get their mail while they were on vacation because I promised them I would. I am the employee who never calls out sick, and shows up with a box of tissues and cold meds in hand, ready to face the day no matter how awful I feel.
In other words, I don’t allow myself time to recuperate or rest from illnesses or injuries. I just keep plugging. Yeah, I’m that kind of idiot.
But this weekend I came down with what I thought was a cold, and it only got worse from there. By Monday I was headed for Urgent Care. Tuesday I was still in bed. It was pretty awful. And you know what I did?
Absolutely nothing. It was so unlike me. And it left everyone around me scratching their heads. But no one complained. And no one begrudged me the time I needed to get better. In fact, a few people mentioned how they were happy to see that I had finally taken the time to rest. And I do feel better today finally, after hacking up a lung for four days straight. The time I took off from the world around me allowed me to get back on my feet, but even better than that was what I learned from the experience…
They all survived without me for a few days. Amazing! My kids didn’t starve. They figured out how to fend for themselves for a few days. They even did their own laundry! The company I work for didn’t close up and file bankruptcy because I was out of touch for 48 hours. And my writing? Well, OK…so I’m a little behind on that now. But it did give me the opportunity to share this blog. Hello, Bright Side!
So I guess the world didn’t stop turning just because I did for a few days. Life goes on. Someone hand me my Nyquil.