As one goes about their lives, they sometime forget just what is important - especially when we are in our "twilight" years, just keep on going and going - until something gives!
Stress is something that just creeps up on you and it can control your life, if you let it that is. Well it nearly did that to me - doing too much and for too long in a voluntary capacity - the only warning I got was a stroke! Hum! it was a time to re-evaluate ones life and the importance of family. In short working as a volunteer is wonderful - but learn to walk away. Perfection will never be achieved and things will not mean the same to others like it does to you - a lesson learned - my life is more important.
Stopping those voluntary responsibilities was extreme for me, but there is a limit and my family is precious (as it is to us all); and the only way was stop. My husband said we are going away for a month, and perhaps take my older sister with us - give her a break and also to help me. A reminder that how vulnerable we all are.
On top of this, a broken hand - ouch. As I am ambidextrous, both hands are vital to produce my art; as well as writing newsletters. Falling in the paddock, landed on my hand full of hay awkwardly! Entertaining for my gorgeous horses, it was rather unpleasant for the "lander"! Recovery was - two fingers dangling in a strange position - (husband was working in the workshop; he is not one to handle this), so I gently pulled them in place and then proceeded to show my husband my rather disheveled self (it was an extremely wet day as well) - mud and stuff from head to toe - and the smell was not so sweet! Few days later, saw the doctor re the hand. Had X-Ray which showed two very long breaks in my hand. We were leaving for Europe the coming Sunday! The specialist made a brilliant job on the Friday before. Eight little screws placed in my hand, and I am proud to say - it looks near normal and am getting back to nearly full use. The recovery would not have been so good if I was not travelling; as work around the farm - would have made it quite impossible to be effective - so perhaps it was meant to happen! Anything to slow me down!
Jan Lowe is the author and owner of this site; she is a realist and animal artist and also enjoys photography.