|Jitterbug thwarts work efforts.|
Life doesn't always hand you roses.
Perhaps it is the perspective of being a veterinarian? In one work day a veterinarian will see the miracle of joy that is the abundant fervor of a puppy intent on simple play and the excitement of each new person juxtaposed by the family who visits to say their final goodbye to their beloved family member of many years. Those who are immersed in everyday life and death know that there is no script, no fairness, and no guarantees that life won't deliver a fatal blow around the next corner.
|Magpie finds a good spot.|
|Valentine's Day 2016 breakfast.|
"If I am diagnosed with cancer and told that I have three months to live I want you to know that I am going to say "screw it to a lot of things!" His proclamation of the life he wanted to live and the regrets he would have if the hour glass was running low probably sounds like something many people would say.
|Kisses in the snow. Jekyll and Charlie live in the moment.|
How would your life be different if you won the lottery? Or, if you were given the news of a terminal disease? That's where my husbands head is at now.
I know he is struggling with how to live a life that makes him happy and how to accept that life can be cut short.
It was late in the evening after a long day in the clinic when he told me how sad he was to have lost his friend. His day of phone calls, multi-million dollar budgets and the weight of a title in a large corporation where he is responsible for huge assets that took 40 years of hard work and an impeccable work resume to attain are very different from my day to day general practitioner responsibilities. I exist at the individual patient level. He exists at the global corporate level. I see life and death and every aspect of every patient in between everyday. I got used to death a long time ago.
|First puppy vet visit, Frances Jane, selfie.|
"If I have 3 months to live I would live the life I have now."
|Mac preps for his neuter.|
Hold on tight to those you love and take time to cuddle.
I can also be found on Twitter @FreePetAdvice, and at the clinic Jarrettsville Vet, in Jarrettsville Maryland.