Wednesday has been referred to as "hump day", meaning it's the middle of the week and just two more days until the weekend. Friends to see, restaurants to enjoy, concerts to bust a move to, mingling and enjoying the mall stores, and soo much more to look forward to on the weekends. Today, because of COVID-19 most of us are working out of our homes and days tend to run into each other. Now hump day is just another day of the week and sometimes forgotten that the weekend is not far away.
As all of us are experiencing a new normal because of COVID-19, We have the opportunity to view life differently in soo many aspects. Before the virus hit the US, the daily grind of getting up, getting kids off to school or just yourself off to work, working 8-9 hours a day, coming home doing chores and retiring for the evening and do it all again for the next four weekdays was sometimes a big battle. Dealing with traffic to get to and from work was an irritant to say the least, now some of us might welcome it. Visiting with friends was taken for granite, going to the grocery store having to wear protective gear was never on anyone's mind, getting a simple coffee at a local coffee shop was easy and now seems sometimes not worth the struggle. Our basic daily grind as we use to call it is now missed by many. We can take for granite the easiness that life use to offer and will be different for months to come.
For individuals like Eddie (as seen in the above video) his life was turned upside down back in 2018 when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness called ALS, I like to refer to it as A Lot of Suffering. You see, Eddie understands what a new daily normal looks like and he had to learn very early after his diagnosis that what was once a mild and simple daily adventure (going to grocery store, grabbing a cup of coffee, enjoying a meal out) is now a BIG adventure for him. Eddie had to accept that his life will forever be different and that eventually ALS will take his life. In spite of his diagnosis Eddie is a positive, encouraging and inspirational person who shares his love of life. He isn't bitter because his life has been forever changed and shortened, rather he encourages others to be present, involved and be victorious over becoming a victim of your diagnosis or even circumstance. We can all learn soo much from this man who is fighting for his life.
So in spite of COVID-19 and what it has done to our country, our state, and our own personal lives, we can choose to change and learn and become better more caring people, put perspective on what's important in life or we can choose to be the same. It's a choice each of us have to make.
Eddie, thank you for sharing your enthusiasm of life and your contagious optimism,
Clip taken from the book Tuesday's With Morrie
Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?... The truth is, Mitch, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live… Most of us walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully because we’re half asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do… Learn how to die, and you learn how to live.’”—Tuesdays with Morrie
Everyone has a story! Everyone is on a journey, their own! Close To My Heart Photography was created out of love for others who are struggling with a terminal illness or disabling disease. Our passion is to serve others through the gift of photography. Our purpose is to allow those suffering to spend a brief moment in time with their loved ones, to create moments that will be cherished. Photography allows those in front of the camera to make memories that no one can take away. Pictures allow you to escape to that moment and time and bring back memories of that forever special moment spent with family. Soo many times I have heard from others who have lost a loved one, "I wish I would've had the opportunity to have this gift with my ___________, (mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparent....). Don't wait!
if you know of a loved one, friend, neighbor, co-worker who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or disabling disease we would LOVE to give them (and their family) the gift of photography, at no cost. Please have them go to the contact icon and fill out the information. Or if you would like to nominate them, you can go to the contact page and fill it out for them.
Author - Gail Buhler
Photographer, Caregiver, Mom, Wife, Daughter, Believer, People Lover, Sports Enthusiast, Pilates Enthusiast, Dog Lover, Thankful!