Life Happens and Sometimes It Happens Fast: What I Learned From Having Emergency Surgery

I learned a lot. The whole process of having emergency surgery was a very new experience for me. It was the first time in my life where literally most of everything I was doing had to be put on hold involuntarily. I had to put everything on hold because my life was on the line and for a few days all I was focused on was being able to walk normally and talk without running out of breath. This gave me a lot of time to reflect and in that time I learned a lot about life and myself. First I learned that life happens and sometimes it happens fast. I admitted myself to the urgent care at about 1:30, was immediately sent back to the emergency room, hooked up to an IV, received multiple shots, had a cat scan done, then transported to the hospital for emergency surgery all within five hours. It happened fast. I didn’t know it was as serious as it was till a few days later but I learned that life can and will happen and it can and probably will happen fast.

I have been preaching that time is your most valuable asset for a long time. I stand corrected. Time is not your most valuable asset because with this one thing time doesn’t matter. This one thing allows for time to actually be your #2 asset in life. This thing is your health. Here I was, on fire for what I was doing, and BAM because I was really sick, unhealthy, I could not do the things I wanted to do. I couldn’t make videos, I couldn’t write and post blogs, I couldn’t get on the phone with people and encourage them, I couldn’t coach soccer all because my health was not in order. I am not sure I could have prevented my sickness because I really don’t even know what caused it but nonetheless because I was not healthy time didn’t really matter as I was unable to do the things I felt lead to do. Your health is your #1 asset. It is the most important thing. Without your health you really don’t have anything.

The other thing I learned is that time is definitely your #2 asset!! Because for a period of time I could not do what I have felt lead to do. Also because life can and will happen and probably fast, this present moment is so freaking important. I never felt like my life was at risk but if I had waited another day to go to the hospital my life could have really been at risk and all I had done up to that point in time would have been what I had done, it would have been what I was remembered for, good or bad. It made me realized that without my health I don’t have this present moment but beyond that, what I am going to do doesn’t matter, what I want to do in the future is irrelevant, its what I do right now today that matters. Its really being all in, in the moment whether that be when I am reading the Bible, or grabbing lunch with a friend, coaching soccer or making a video. Being all in, in the moment is so important because again life can and will happen and most likely fast. Some people may not understand this because they haven’t really experienced life happening fast and it may take that happening for you to really understand.

All in all what I learned is that most of what have been saying about time was true I had just really experienced it at a new level. It has now become a conviction in my life. Behind your health, time and this present moment is the most valuable thing, and really the only thing you have. Life can and will happen and most likely fast, so I implore you to value the moment and your time at a whole new level. Understand that time is moving whether you want it to or not, you cannot stop it. What you do with your time, with right now is what you will be remembered for. Maximize right now. Maximize your time. Maximize your life.

-The Professional Encourager and Uplifter

Author: SammyV

SammyV is a college drop out, turned medical sales rep, turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He hosts the Millennial Stores w/ SammyV podcast, speaks at colleges and universities on how to succeed in life after college, and runs his own private soccer training business. After battling with depression in his early to mid 20's he decided to quit is Medical Sales job, start his own business, and pursue his lifelong dream of being a speaker, writer, and author.

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