If there’s one thing we’ve learnt in the last 7 years, it’s that Nike was right, just do it! Whenever you don’t feel like doing something, normally the best medicine is to tackle it head-on. This is true for anything from document filing to life threatening medical procedures or renevating your home.
Our daughter, Anika, just came out of her 24th round of going to the operating theatre and staying in hospital for a few days. Of course, none of us, especially Anika, felt any excitement at the thought of it.
The beauty of experience is that this time around, we knew the best way was to just do it and get it over with. (Of course, this type of action only follows once you have done your research and the path is clear.)
Today we look back and the 2 x 3+ hours of foot operations, within two weeks from each other, that at the time seemed like an unconquerable mountain, is now behind us and it feels good! Even Anika said this was much easier than she initially thought it would be!
4 Years ago, we were on a beach holiday on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast of South Africa. I was lounging on the deck next to the pool, reading a book, when Annél casually turned to me and said, “By the way, I spoke to the surgeon yesterday and on our way back from holiday, we have to make a stop in Pretoria as I’ve scheduled Anika for another foot operation.” (I was expecting a bit of flattery or a discussion about our next beach session).
Looking back this seems a bit bonkers but this is exactly the way we just get things done. The said operation wasn’t dangerous, was needed and discussed previously, so the only thing left to do was to set the date. When it comes to decisions like this, we try to remove the emotional from the rational. It simply comes down to, what is the best option and then action it.
We, as a family, have made a conscious decision to try and carry this habit through in everything we do. We definitely don’t get it right all the time, but the more we do it, the better we get.
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