“Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do” — Gian Carlo Menotti

It took me exactly 17,860 days to finally organize my life’s priorities.

It happened on the evening of December 26, 2010, laying flat on my back in an emergency room in Austin Texas, having just been diagnosed with a chronic, particularly ugly neurological condition. In the true spirit of the chinese proverb that says “good things come in pairs”, the ER doc also informed me that a scan of my brain displayed a walnut-sized brain tumor pressing on the left side of my head. Foregoing the medical prognosis and details that followed, brain surgery was performed, rehabilitation completed, health improved, my perspective became bright and my outlook optimistic .

All this to say that after that event, I became mindful of the delicacy, and absolute blessing, of being able to live a healthy life, I am mindful of the fact that I am not really in control of very much, I am surrounded by extraordinary family and friends, and lastly, that I want to chase my dreams, while at the same time fully embracing the Grace that is always present in my life.

So, after 17,860 days in the making, my priorities are set. I simply want to “live a life that explores the upper limits of faith, fitness, adventure, self-discovery, and good works.”

I would note that the average person lives 27,448 days, so I’m pretty hopeful I’ve got a few more days to pursue my priorities!

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