In May 2009, I had a heart attack. While 8 years have passed, there are times when it seems like yesterday. Then I reflect of what transpired after that cardiac event, and how those events have left a mark on my life, as well as the lives of loved ones and friends.
The heart attack, and the subsequent losses that took place over the 369 Days, are a blessing to me.
Yes, I'm thankful it happened.
I was on a path to self-destruction. I was burning the candle at three ends, which means I wasn't taking care of myself, and I wasn't putting my needs over the needs of work, and life.
If that cardiac event didn't happen, there's definitely a good chance that I would not be here today, writing this blog post. I'd be long dead by now. My artery was 90% blocked at one part, and 60% blocked at another part. Over time that would have been closer to 100%, and based on that artery, chances for survival would be very low.
It was the ultimate wake-up call. It forced me to STOP.
Over the past 8 years, I've (slowly) learned to approach life differently. The things and situations that I let impact me, I've thankfully created boundaries where those issues no longer affect me.
Easier said than done.
Did I make these changes instantly? Not at all. I'm still making changes. I'm further along than I was earlier this year. Next year, I'll be further along than I am now. I keep growing to improve myself.
Boundaries are crucial my friends. (Re)Learn them. Reach out to me so I can help you find your individualized boundaries plan.
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