Reason to SMILE #110: UNDERSTANDING
“That’ll be $169,” the receptionist at the doctor’s office said as she looked up from her computer.
“Wait,” I balked. “That’s more than the price given to me over the phone when I made my appointment. What’s the difference?”
“Your age,” the receptionist blurted without hesitation or even a hint of sympathy.
This getting old thing is no fun at all! And I’m not that old, for Pete’s sake! (OK. Maybe I shouldn’t say “for Pete’s sake.” Kinda makes me sound old, doesn’t it?)
Annual checkups are no fun to begin with. Enduring all that poking and prodding and having to answer a barrage of embarrassing questions is no walk in the park, that’s for sure. Then after all of that, to be penalized for being another year older… That’s just plain rude.
But the cherry on top was the order to cut back on the fats in my diet. You mean, I can’t even eat like a young person anymore? C’mon! What else is there to live for? 😉 Well, not really knowing what to eat or not eat, I did a quick google search of foods that I need to avoid in order to lower my cholesterol. According to almost every article on the subject, I must watch saturated and trans fats, avoid fatty meats and cut out simple sugars like those found in candy, soda, cakes and cookies.
I am going to die…
…very soon! Either that or I’m going to kill those closest to me as I go through withdrawals. You have now been forewarned, by the way.
But here is where my SMILE comes in. I know I’m not the only one who is getting older every year. It sounds silly to say because aging is unavoidable. It’s easy, though, to be so wrapped up in our own problems that we begin to believe we’re alone in our plights – even in aging and all the struggles that come with it. So, I know that no matter the new and interesting experiences I face each year I grow older, there will always be someone who has either been through it already or is going through it at the same time I am.
I am not alone. These crazy things happening to me are not unique (although they seem pretty darn unique to me!). There will always be someone who completely understands what I am going through and who is willing to put their arm around me and tell me I’m not going to die if I cut sugars out of my diet. Or…
There may just be those who look at me, laugh and say, “You’re a big girl now. Suck it up!” But if you think about it, there’s plenty of understanding in those words, too!
You’re not the only one facing your struggles. I bet if you’d look, you’d be sure to find someone with enough understanding to help you SMILE today.
Go on. Take a look. An understanding SMILE is waiting.
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