But right now, I'm still healthy enough to do this. With my parents getting older, and me getting older, health has started to weigh on my mind a lot more. And for real...every time I see a childhood icon show up in the media they're either dead or in the hospital for something horrid. I grew up in the 80's. All that cocaine is catching up with people.
In the age of Twitter, and Facebook, and YouTube, we get a lot closer to our idols. I'm not going to lie. I feel giddy whenever I tweet at someone and they like it or reply. Fangirling never leaves your system, no matter how old you are.
Getting closer to others online is a double-edged sword. One of the women I've enjoyed following on social media got a comment on her video noting she had a lot of swelling over her right eye. She assumed it was allergies, but when people pushed her she went to the doctor and found out it was a brain tumor.
I can't imagine how the world would have been robbed had she not received that comment. Her name is Simone Giertz, and her first video back from recovery is below. She shares a lot about her experience that I give her credit for putting out there, and it made me take a step back and realize how precious today is.
My day to day life in my job involves dealing with people, and what folks will share with absolute strangers in a public setting is insane. No, lady, I don't want to know what you would do with your cheating ass husband if you see him outside of court. Although, I have snagged a few characters from my working hours. But that's beside the point.
Watching Simone recover, and really, seeing any of the people I admire overcome obstacles makes me take a second look at what I've deemed insurmountable. Sure, my life isn't easy, but I'm going to take a page from Simone's book and give my obstacle an innocent name before I conquer it.
Today my "Brian" is my inbox, some contest judging, and putting together the basics for a proposal I terrified to like. The chick below conquered brain cancer with humor and tenacity. I'm dealing with a sore back, and some joint pain, so I sure as shit, can answer some emails. There will always be days when, due to health, we can do more than others. So I'm taking advantage of what my body can do today. What task are you going to conquer?