Life is all about how you see it. It can be a journey to Mordor lugging a piece of crap ring or it could be sunning yourself on the beaches of a private island with a slew of people seeing to your every need- okay, that last bit is my personal fantasy, but let’s run with it.
As of late, my head has been stuck in the sand as I whined about how crap-tastic my life is. Boohoo! Look at me with a roof over my head, meals on the table, and a little money in my pocket to have lunch with friends. I have a husband I love more today than I did 27 yrs ago. I have amazing kids. I have…a lot. So what right do I have to piss-moan about little things that do not and will not matter a year from now?
So, I took a step to change my perspective. This weekend I went to work with my husband. He had been a bit bombarded with an influx of work so I went to help him catch up. How does this change someone’s perspective? Let me show you.
These are 6 of 13 leg casts that I helped the Hubs prep. So, why is this a big deal?
These leg casts are a necessary step to make orthotic braces for men and women who can not walk without them. The workbench on the other side of the room had a collection of prosthetics for men and women who have lost body parts; arms and legs. These braces are just one step in the process of getting patients on their feet again.
It was more important for this man ^^^^^ to spend his weekend doing this than going to the movies to see Avengers: Infinity War or drinking a beer while BBQ-ing some brats. THIS is what can change your perspective. Watching him concentrate on the details. Making sure it is done ‘just-so’ to ensure the comfort needed to help these individuals.
Me? Well, I got to make a mess. I was covered in plaster dust from head to toe and loved every minute of it. We spent 12 hours, over 2 days, mixing, pouring, peeling, and prepping casts, so that the Hubs would be that much closer to getting these people a step closer to taking a step.
Not only did I get to help people and get out of my own whiny headspace, but I got to see first hand the stresses and hard work the Hubs does on the daily. I now know why he comes home exhausted. I can see and understand why he is mentally wiped out most days and it amazes me that he is willing to voluntarily do this on his days off too.
I see now that I have it pretty damn good. We are happy, healthy, and taken care of. We have each other and I have nothing to cry about. All it takes is seeing the world from a different angle. My view changed while looking at it through a cloud of plaster dust.
Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
***If you have any comments, suggestions, or just want to chat…hit me up. Until then- take a moment and see the world in a different light. You may be surprised at what you have been missing all along.