Authors are a different breed of people. We play what-if scenarios in our heads and really torture our characters emotionally. But we're also human and we tend to avoid playing negative what-if scenarios about our personal lives, because let's face it, that would be scary.
A few years ago, my husband and I went on a cruise with my older brother. Now, my brother is about
Now, I work from home and I eat a fairly healthy diet (coffee with creamer shouldn't count when you're a writer). I can be found at the gym 5 mornings a week and I drag my husband there, too. Granted, Mr. Curtis is something of a slacker - more upset to break a sweat than to think he's exercising without burning the optimal calories (the mindset of a college athlete - "I'll burn it off during the day."). And granted, Mr. Curtis achieved Gold Status at Starbucks because he swings by there every morning on his way to work (a 8 minute commute). And if McDonald's had a frequent buyer program, he'd probably have status there, too (did you know in the summer they offer any size soda for 99 cents? he does).
So imagine my surprise when my brother turned 58 last year, hadn't lost weight, kicked the bucket or had a heart attack, and is still adding to his bucket list. Further, imagine my surprise when Mr. Curtis and I are at the gym one morning before this last Christmas and my honey suffers a "heart event" (not as serious as a heart attack). Turns out, that event was life saving because it led to a cardiologist finding two arteries blocked 95%. Hhmmm. I never played the "what-if my unhealthy eating husband has a heart attack" game.
Frankly, I wasn't ready for this stage of life (who ever is?). I'd just gotten used to being an empty-nester. And I realize that Mr. Curtis will work his way back to the gym and still be a slacker. And I'll love him during every complaint he utters. (Well, maybe not every complaint.)
Have you ever had a life changing event you didn't expect in your life? A birth? A death? An illness? A setback? Would love to hear about it!
Melinda Curtis is an award-winning USA Today Bestseller. Her latest releases are Marrying the Single Dad from Harlequin Heartwarming and The Bridesmaid Wore White, novella #5 in her romantic comedy Bridesmaid series. Her next Heartwarming release arrives in April - Love, Special Delivery.