Eminem sums it all up beautifully:
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”
Yes, life is a crazy ride. It’s also a short ride. Time drags while you’re waiting to grow up and do all those forbidden things that adults do, but when you reach maturity it’s scary how quickly the time does fly or how easily a life can be snuffed out.
Take my grandmother Elsie for example. In the summer of 1967 she went for a nice evening walk to the local park as she always did, but on her way back home was killed by a hit and run driver as she crossed the road. I’m only 4 years short of the age she was in 1967. I looked on her as old at the time, and I can hardly believe I’m now almost 60!
Life throws us lemons sometimes. We’ve all had a lemon or two or even a whole tree full of them. I certainly have. The lemon I received was not expected at all, but hey, I had to deal with it. I’ve had all the treatments I can have for thyroid cancer bar one. I have no idea whether the cancer will return or not, but in the meantime I’m making the most of whatever time I have left. I’ve returned to work, bought the holiday home on the Isle of Wight that I’ve always wanted to do, and Sam and I are enjoying being part of our children and grandchildren’s lives.
The crazy ride is not yet over for me – it’s a case of hanging on tight, dodging the lemons as they attempt to knock me down, or trying my best to turn them into sweet lemonade!