Thursday, March 10, 2011


Depending on which chair you happen to be in on that day will determine how quickly you see who enters the door. It may be a sweet elderly lady who has been married to her husband for 65 years who the tech is questioning on secrets to a long and happy marriage. It may be the gentleman who uses a walker to get to his chair accompanied by his son who always engages in a game of UNO to pass the time. It may even be the guy who you used to help at work so many years ago and by coincidence you happen to go to the same center.

Regardless of who they are, everyone has a story and when you have the time and enjoy people watching like me, if you don't know their story, you let your imagination have a little fun. Have you ever wondered what your life is going to be like at a different time than it is right now? I know that is probably a loaded question but think of how your life is right now ... now think forward 25 to 30 years.

I can only make assumptions that I may have to be on dialysis at some point in my future. If that is the case I imagine that it will hopefully be at least 25 to 30 years from now. I let my imagination take me there and play out different scenarios.

Will I be driving myself seeing someone I used to work with? Will my son be taking time out of his week to play UNO with me while I use my walker to get across the room? Will my wife be rolling me across the room in a wheel chair watching my struggle to stay awake while she fumbles to watch the tiny TV?

For now it is nice to wonder and enjoy the scenario that I am living. It may not be the most desirable for most people, but everyone has problems. Like the tacky but true saying goes - "It's not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up that matters".