Health, mortality, and perspective

We’ve recently had a few near and dear ones go through various kinds of health scares. All of these scares have done three things at once.

First, they’ve provided instant doses of perspective. Being reminded of our mortality has that effect on us.

Second, they’ve reminded us of the importance of investing in community and support systems – especially as immigrants. Everyone goes through this sort of experience at some point. And, we all could do with support when that happens.

And, finally, they’ve reminded us to not take our own health for granted. As we work through the day to day, it is easy to relegate self-care to the bottom of the list. Something else always seems to be more important.

Until it isn’t.