When you think about the phrase Terms of Life, what first thoughts pop into your mind? I know the first thoughts for me are through insurance reps. Our company has recently joined forces with Edward Jones to help the employees set up for their retirement. It’s always a good idea to save money for retirement, but in light of all the commotion in the world currently, I have to stop and take a moment to reflect on the various types of terms of life.
We have people who are fighting for their lives with COVID and other diseases. Now, before everyone gets in a tizzy about this topic, let me say that not everyone has COVID, so will the medical community please acknowledge the fact that a lot of people are not battling that damn disease? I’m not trying to take away anything from anyone who is fighting COVID. It’s a severe disease that is a problem for many people. But many people need treatment for other illnesses that can’t get the medical care they need because COVID is front and center with everyone at the moment. I have an excellent friend of mine who suffered from a severe stomach bug recently. She tried to get medical attention, and the doctors kept telling her she must have COVID even though she tested negative, not once, not twice, but three times!!!!!!!!
To make matters worse, she has the vaccine, and they did not offer any medicine of any type to get over this bug. I have family in the medical field and will defend them with every fiber in me. Still, I have to tell you, when people are thrown under the bus because COVID is the only thing people are talking about, it makes me question what the quality of life will be like for the next decade. The staff told her that it had to be COVID even though the symptoms were nowhere near what COVID entailed.
The media recently covered a story about a young boy whose appendix burst while waiting in the ER. Click here for that article. The point I’m making is that many people are not getting the care they need, and COVID is the only thing addressed. The unvaccinated are getting accused by the media and medical community. No matter which ends of the discussion you are on, let me ask you an earnest question. Do you believe that jamming the unvaccinated community with derogatory remarks, hateful rhetoric, and blatant bullying will fix the healthcare issue? If you think that, then I’m sure there are many swamplands that you might buy up.
We all have terms of life that we have to contend with throughout our lives. You can’t control what other people do. You can only control yourself. If you don’t feel that the vaccine is suitable for you, protect yourself and others. I have a customer the other day who came onto the lot and proudly exclaimed that she had COVID and wasn’t vaccinated. I told her that she had to leave the premises. She spent the night in her unit, and I told her that I could evict her for that offense. The corporate office informed me that I physically had to catch her again in the act to enforce that decision. But the fact remains that she was unvaccinated, had no mask, put others at risk with her behavior, and made it to where I didn’t feel comfortable being on the lot. I’m as protected as I can be, but there are no guarantees even with the vaccine. I’ve seen too many people getting COVID while vaccinated and didn’t wish to be one of those statistics. If that means that I need to take every precaution for the other customers and me, I will. I don’t judge others for the decisions they make because everyone’s situation is different.
COVID has opened my eyes to our time left on earth. When it first came on the news, I didn’t think it was a big deal. I thought everyone was making a mountain out of a molehill. I was wrong. It’s turned out to be one of the most problematic illnesses that we’ve ever faced. Even the smallpox vaccine didn’t shut down the world as COVID has done. To not recognize the significance of its impact is detrimental. We are all witnessing our lives change before our eyes. Life terms in the types of quality we experience are challenging because we are all wearing masks now. We have to social distance in many different settings. Healthcare can’t get to everyone because the hospital systems are overwhelmed with COVID cases. The news media has constant coverage about COVID but fails to talk about the other issues. People living with Cancer and people with other diseases are struggling to get their care. Their terms of life are taking a back seat to a topic on everyone else’s minds. Their quality of life becomes more restrictive by the day, yet society forgets that piece of information.
Someone recently said to me that they chose their terms to live life the way they want. They don’t want to live their life wearing a mask. Nor do they want to worry about catching a disease that is new to all of us. They want the freedom to travel and explore. They want the ability to go to restaurants, enjoy a meal, and laugh with their friends again. Unfortunately, I understand their desires all too well. One of the most challenging conversations we all have is why some people won’t get vaccinated. The truth is that everyone has to make decisions that are right for them. You may disagree with their choices, but you can protect yourself. Protection doesn’t equate to a guarantee that you won’t get the disease.
Many of us talk about what we want in our lives. We want to live life to the fullest and do things to stretch our lives to the max. But when our health changes, we start thinking about our lives in various terms. It’s human nature. Some people wish they made better provisions for their families, while others wish they did more with their lives. But as long as we’re physically able, there’s no reason we can’t plan for the terms we desire most for implementation. We can’t control the weather, nor can we control the future, but we can control some things in our lives. Knowledge is power.
Start thinking about the terms you want your life to live. If you are sick and have a bucket list, check off as many of those items that you can so that you can feel like you have no regrets. Stop blaming everyone else for their actions against a virus that’s bigger than all of us. When we live our lives with nothing but anger and aggression, it can only lead to more stress, and it isn’t worth it in the long run. Treasure the time you have left on earth and make the most of it with your loved ones. Nothing in this world has guarantees except that we all will die at some point. If you need a starting point, here is a list of ideas that might help you get started.
- Create a vision.
- Perform a self-assessment.
- Prioritize your life.
- Identify your values.
- Establish goals.
- Outline an action plan.
As a society, we all need to feel like our lives matter. Overall, we have dreams, goals, ambitions, thoughts, and realities that we face. We all have terms in life. Some of those terms involve what we want and the legacies we want to leave behind. Other terms apply to the seasons in our lives. God knows the Presidential terms make me grateful we don’t have a king. Some of the Presidents have left a bad taste in too many people’s mouths. But the point is that we recognize those times in our lives as terms. Because in the end, we all find that the terms that we fulfill give opportunities to various seasons and chances. Have a great Tuesday, everyone.