Here we are on the very last day of 2010 (if you are in certain parts of the world, it's already 2011) and I'm feeling very reflective, but at the same time looking forward to see what all 2011 holds.
Lots of people say that life would be boring if we knew what was right around the corner and it's true, but it might make it a bit easier. While I have no sort of crystal ball, I just have a really good feeling about 2011.
My biggest wish for my family, friends and the world is good health. Nothing is worse than not being 100% of yourself. If this hurts or that hurts, this operation has to be done or you aren't feeling well, it sort of makes the rest of our lives a bit fuzzy. For 2011 I hope we all focus on taking care of ourselves, no matter what the scale says. Try. Daily.
There is a cardboard box in my living room at the moment, about 24 inches long that has a pillow in it. The pillow is covered by a black garbage bag, then covered with a beach towel. On the pretend mattress is Max, my grand-dog, a 10 year old dachshund who for no apparent reason, became paralyzed on Christmas eve.
Max isn't in pain, he just can't move his back legs, tail or body at all. He has been to specialist who say that a $7,000. operation may or may not improve him. He is going through a course of antibiotics (bladder infection) and takes anti-inflammatory tablets.
For the rest of his life, he will be one of those dogs you see pulling the back half of their bodies on a cart. He is also wearing diapers.
To think just a few weeks ago I had him here for the day and he was running around, happy as a pup and now this. It is heartbreaking, but there is a 5% chance he will go back to his old self. It's better than nothing and my son won't even think of having him put to sleep, as long as he isn't in pain.
Appreciate things. Don't take any person, pet or place for granted. It is all subject to change in a blink of your eye and we have to really just dig in and not just seize the day, but seize each second!
That just might be my resolution this year, if I make any.
Be safe, have a lovely holiday and see you in 2011!