When LIFE Gets In The Way

The last couple of days have not been the greatest. 

I’ve been at the hospital with my father who….regardless of being very ill….has managed to make his daughters laugh their booties off.

But….nonetheless….he’s sick. 

Right now, he’s sleeping and I’m sitting here beside him writing this blog post.  I’ve thought about writing it a few times today, between his naps and tests, etc., but I couldn’t come up with anything and had pretty much decided to just skip today….even though I made a NY’s resolution to myself to do it regularly.

But then….my dad looked at me…sick and pitiful and tired, with nurses galore poking and prodding and sticking him with needles…and said…’I’d be so much better if I could go home.  This is messing everything up.’

Then…he added that he was going to ‘Give that doctor a piece of my mind because he’s trying to kill me.’

The point…is that life get’s in the way of our plans sometimes…no matter what your endeavors may be.  Writing…blogging…taking a nap…spending time with your kids…taking a walk on the beach…or like my dad…just going through his regular routine. 

If you can name it…Life can screw it up….throw a wrench in things.

And if you’re a goal setter…or love routine…or need schedules to make yourself stick to things…LIFE can be the biggest deterrent.

That’s why I’m blogging tonight…though I’m tired and slightly delirious and worried this blog may be unreadable and make absolutely no sense.  I made a promise to myself to blog and write every day…and though I wouldn’t beat myself up if this post didn’t get completed…because life has most definitely gotten in the way today… it feels good to say that I didn’t let myself down.

I wish all of you luck on your own goals…and remember…when LIFE becomes an immovable object…YOU can become an unstoppable force.

I must go now…

My father is shaking a fist at the beeping IV and threatening to kill it….

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  1. Charissa. This is exactly. precisely. unequivocally. why I love you. I know, sure, we're not exactly besties and I've never seen you outside of your thumbnail headshot, but since your first email, I could see this…tenacity, this raging fortitude and apparently its come straight from your father. So, give him a kiss from your cyber friend who is nodding her head, recognizing a kindred spirit and hoping he gives em you-know-what around that hospital. The tough guys gotta stick together šŸ˜‰

  2. @Julie Anne Lindsey Awe…Julie…I love you too honey. Thanks so much for all the support and hilarious moments you have brought to my life…although we are social network friends…I adore you and your drive. We'll get there…come hell or high water. šŸ˜‰

  3. Here is hoping your dad gets well soon. I love the idea that life gets in the way. I recently heard in a movie, "the messy bits are life." How true it is.

  4. Wow Charissa, I feel your pain in so many ways. I just returned home yesterday from the Phildadelphia area after spending a week with my dad in the hospital. It was sad and heartbreaking and exhausting. You however, found a way to write and continue to do so every day. I wrote one post the entire time.
    You are an inspiration to me and I would bet to your father too. I wish him the best and you as well. We'll get back to getting together when things like life calm down a bit. Miss you girl. Hugs.

  5. I know exactly what you mean about life getting in your way. My mom is elderly and we had to put her in a nursing home late last year. It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do.
    Dealing with all the things that surround her stay there is brutal.
    I think it's admirable to stick with your promise to yourself. I've written in my blog every day for the last five years except for two times when the power was off and I didn't have internet access.
    Sometimes when my head is full or I'm wound tighter than a banjo string, my blog posts are short, but like you, a promise is a promise.
    Hope your dad gets better soon.

  6. Your father will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

    And you. You're an inspiration. There's nothing worse than having a sick parent/kid and you still managed to blog. Amazing. I don't have half of that going on and I haven't written a thing. Thanks for the kick in the butt and taking the time to post. I'm going to work on my blog post now, be grateful, and perhaps write a little.

  7. This blog makes me love your dad! I sure hope he feels better soon šŸ™‚ Thanks for blogging today even though you certainly didn't feel like it…this was my first visit here and I WILL be coming back.

  8. Glad you are blogging, dear. It helps to get those "messy bits" (I like that, too) from overwhelming you. Blogging about it rather than giving in to what life has thrown at you is commendable.

    Hope your dad gets better soon! Big hugs to you…

  9. this post could not be any more true. i find life gets in the way all too often….but then i stop and wonder if my priorities are in the right place. maybe i'm really missing out on life….

    hope your dad is better real soon!

  10. I'm sorry your father has been ill. I hope he recovers quickly.

    You're right, this is an excellent example of life getting in the way of… life. It seems every time I set a routine, something happens to disrupt it. I usually find a way to adjust the rest of the week to make the time up, but sometimes you just have to say, "This is my (writing/blogging/reading) time, no matter how tired I am." Kudos to you for doing just that.