What else could possibly go wrong? by Syndi Powell
Anyone else feeling that there's no way that anything worse could happen in this crazy year? Or is it just me? Seems like every time we turn around, there's another disaster or shortage or some newsworthy event that seems to put the world on a different spin. I've stopped watching the news because part of me doesn't want to know what else could go wrong.
The spring I was thirteen, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks later, one of my little sisters got diagnosed with a bacterial infection in her hip socket that could affect her walking in the future. Then my other sister broke her arm. My mom started asking, "What else could possibly go wrong?" The next week, I came home with a note from the school stating that I failed the scoliosis screening. My mom stopped asking that question.
Although everything turned out all right in the end, it was a scary and uncertain couple of months for my family. We were thrown into chaos where nothing seemed it would ever be normal again. Sound familiar?
Or there was 2014 when my husband asked for divorce in the spring and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall. It felt like my world had been smashed by a wrecking ball. Looking back on it now, I'm stronger and better after going through everything I had to. Would I want to repeat that year? Absolutely not. But I'm grateful for the lessons learned.
My family is currently in another chaotic cycle of illnesses and job losses and lives being turned upside down. I don't dare ask what could go wrong next because we seem to find another level of suffering. So what do we do?
For one thing, we keep going. To paraphrase one of my favorite romantic comedies, we get out of bed every morning. We remind ourselves to breathe. And then one day, we don't have to remind ourselves to get up and breathe. Even if we can't forget how good we once had it, we don't stay defeated. We follow doctor's orders. We look for new jobs. We buy a new house and say goodbye to the old. We welcome new pets into the family after grieving the old. But we never, ever give up.
Where are you and your family right now? Are you in a cycle of loss and illness? Are you in a period of growing pains? Don't give up, my sweet friend. It will get better, and you'll discover that you're stronger on the other side.