First Light

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First Light.”

This is a response to The Daily Post prompt First Light, Remember when you wrote down your first thought after waking up, great now write a post about it.
Well, my day started today at 12:15 this afternoon. I hate sleeping so long, it’s a waste of a day and a waste of a life to sleep twelve hours. Thankfully, I am wearing a heart monitor to find out what is going on with me. I have had some chest discomfort, difficulty swallowing and head aches and dizziness, basically I have been feeling NOT the way a thirty-eight year old, almost thirty-nine year old (two weeks from yesterday) should be feeling.
We have been wondering if it’s Atrial Fibrillation, so day before yesterday in the afternoon I was fitted with a heart monitor to see what my beat does in a 48-hour session. It’s been doing what it’s been doing, so I hope we get some answers.
This afternoon I woke up to a text message from my sister. She was asking how I am feeling today. My parents are with her today, so I know they will hear too, but I wasn’t feeling too good.
My first thought as my eyes opened was, “I don’t want to get up, but if I am still lying down when my wife gets home I am in serious trouble!” Only because I am supposed to return this heart machine at 3pm today.
My first thought with all this was that I am truly the luckiest guy in the world. Everyone is paying attention. Everyone is checking in. My wife just sent me a text reminding me to write in my monitor journal about the symptoms I had while eating dinner last night.
Our bodies break down, my friends. Our bodies do not evolve into stronger different beings until AFTER we turn cold and die. That is the opposite of evolution. One day, we will all stop the beating of our hearts and the breath from our lips. So, every day between right now and then, take each morning and wake up to your loved ones, whomever they may be and wherever they may be, wake up and spend your first moments, your first thoughts telling them you love them!!! Your waking moments will never return and they will one day be the last waking moments you will have on this earth.
As Robin Williams said in his role in Jack, “Please don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting.”

Life is fleeting. Why waste it sleeping? I wish my body didn’t currently think it had to. I’d love to see the sunrise, I’d love to be awake at 6am to have a conversation with my wife before she goes off to work for the day. Life is fleeting. That is my first thought today, so what am I going to do about it?! Like Jack said, “Make your life extraordinary!! I did.”

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