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I Want To Live A While Longer

Author: Tom
Posted: November 1st. 2009
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For those of you who have read some of my other stuff thanks, you know I always try to find some humor in what I write and I hope I can do that this time.

A while back I found myself somewhat under the weather. Having not been sick but twice in the past twenty years I thought I would be fine in a few days. After five days, my wife, who is always right even when she is dead wrong (for those of you married you will understand that I understand the basic law of marriage: spouse always right) , informed me that I needed to go to the hospital. She informed me in fact that I would be going… either by my own accord or by ambulance. (See above-mentioned law of marriage)

After being admitted to the hospital for a period of seven days, I was informed that I had leukemia. Don’t panic; it is chronic not acute. I can and will beat it.

As this past election has brought out so much in people, good and bad, it has also made so many more aware. One thing Obama said that went somewhat unpublished is that it is time we as a people started to care about each other as people once again. I hope that this sunk in to people no matter what party they voted for.

Now a quick background here, I lost friends and immediate family very early in life. That is no excuse but in my mind it was a great one to self-medicate myself with no regard as to the hurt I caused others. See, it was all about me.

One thing lead to another and I lost touch with what little family I had left. Once again, “poor, poor pitiful me” (My thanks to the late great Warren Zevon for the lyrics) . Another reason, according to me, to self-medicate. In some shape, form or fashion I was able to justify this behavior for years.

If anyone reading this is one of the people I hurt I hope you can forgive me. If not, I don’t really blame you. For what it is worth, please know I did not mean to.

Somewhere along the way I met this girl, flirted on and off again for four years, me being so out of my mind that I did not realize she liked me, then finally ending up together. Enter real Majick, we fell in love and are happily married. She has the coolest family and they have accepted me as one of them, no they are not delusional, just really fine people.

After being diagnosed with leukemia people came out of the wood work, some old friends, some new, some people I had let down. None, not one, said that I deserved what I got. Instead I have found nothing but love and concern.

So maybe more people feel as Mr. Obama did. Maybe people are ready for a change, or maybe people are just starting to care on their own. Does it matter? I think not.

In a world where it is so easy to take for granted what we have -- and bitch and moan about what we don’t -- this is a welcomed attitude.

Perhaps this upturn in caring will continue to grow, I for one hope so. To all the people who have made a difference, or an impact on my life in any way be it good or bad, thank you, I couldn’t have gotten where I am today without you.

If you are surviving day-to-day just on the hope or the attitude that you can survive on your own without any help, you may want to look around. We are all in this together; we are here for each other. If we start to realize this then maybe we can start to work on some more important issues such as health care for everyone, why we still depend on oil, etc. and so forth.

I wonder in my simple mind if the novelty of a black man being president has worn off by now. How stupid will all the mudslinging seem after these few months have passed by?

Why do we as the people of such a wonderful country act so stupid? We need to be seen in the eyes of the world again as the country that cares, the country that strives to make things better not only for its citizens but also the peoples of the world.

We had our a time of hard line tough assed people for the last eight years or so, we got to where we were not through intimidation but through “peace, love and understanding”. Thanks Elvis, Costello, not Presley. So people lets put aside our pride, start doing what we know to be the right thing, leading through example, and get back up off our feeling sorry for ourselves attitude and make a difference.

I, for one, plan on being here for a while and would like to be able to tell people that I remember when we as a people decided enough was enough and took back what we had given away, hope and kindness.

For my wife, my family, my friends, I want to live a while longer. I will, I promise you that, it will take a while to show you how much your love and your prayers helped me in my time of true need, I love you all, thanks.



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