What is a wake up call? Some event, some occurrence, that lets you know you have not been paying attention. Life has shifted.
It may be a loss. It could be a change. It might be a challenge.
Something happens. You can try to pretend that nothing has changed. But everything changes.
About a decade ago, I was cruising along, thinking I had it figured out. And then I got sick.
Sick enough that the doctors promised little chance of recovery, and a long path of deterioration. The ending, they thought, might come in a number of ways. None sounded too pleasant to me. It shook me up.
It woke me up.
I was fortunate. While my diagnosis was accurate, the prognosis was not. I recovered. But it was a Wake Up Call. Life was telling me I had been hitting the snooze button for far too long. Things had to change.
While I would never want to go back and re-live the illness, I would not trade the experience for anything. As miserable as I was, it altered my life trajectory forever.
How about you?
How will you deal with the Wake Up Call when (not if) it comes?
Join me in this week’s podcast as we talk about life’s Wake Up Calls.