It’s been a strange week, I’ve had a chain of events that just came out of nowhere, my wife was involved in an car accident (she’s okay), car may be declared a total loss, my son needs surgery, and to top it all off my home air conditioning system is dead, so I am writing this covered in sweat at a crispy 90°F (32°C) with a fan at full blast.
Bad things happen
Life happens and bad things happen, it’s just the way it is, but having them all happen one after the other is a bit strange. It is even more strange to me how in all this I have been able to keep calm and follow the first rule of a crisis: “Don’t Panic”
The day of the car accident, I woke up thinking it would be a regular day, except we had no electricity because a freak thunderstorm had knocked out the power to most of my neighborhood the night before, it was still raining in the morning and the sky was covered in dark clouds. A few minutes after my wife left home to run some errands I received a phone call and was notified that she had been involved in a car accident but that she was okay. I felt like someone punched me right in the solar plexus, I drove to the scene of the accident and indeed she was a bit shocked but physically okay. The car was a mess and I had to cover the windows as fast as I could so the rain wouldn’t get in. It took about two hours to get a tow truck to come pick up the vehicle while I waited in the rain making a few dozen phone calls.
I am a problem solver, I like the challenge of fixing broken things and finding solutions, well the universe is a fun place to live, it offers an infinite amount of problems and zero solutions. The next day water started leaking from the ceiling in my house and by the end of that day my AC unit was declared dead. The AC repair guy quoted me a ridiculous amount to fix it and an even more ridiculous amount to install a brand new one. It’s really hot right now, I think I should move to a hotel for a few days.
The part of my son needing surgery I will keep to myself but I will say that it is serious but he needs it and there’s no way around it. I am sure he’ll be okay.
Dissect the problem, find the solution
In all this I have been able to dissect every problem into smaller parts, find solutions and keep going. Panicking does nothing to solve a problem and getting frustrated only leads to mistakes. Every time I analyze a problem I usually find a viable solution and every time I find a solution I get closer to restoring normality. How do you like that Douglas Adams!? Ha!
“Solutions nearly always come from the direction you least expect, which means there’s no point trying to look in that direction because it won’t be coming from there.”Douglas Adams
I am currently waiting for my house to catch on fire or a T-Rex to appear out of nowhere and stomp my car, I will keep you updated. To be continued…