We all have to do things we do not like doing – going to the doctor, the dentist, taking tests, completing our taxes along with a myriad of others things. Being an adult requires these things and when we do not want to do them we find lots of reasons to avoid them. We procrastinate, we make excuses, we make ourselves busy doing other things, or we simply block the unwanted out of our mind and move on.
Today I go to the dentist, our cats each had to go to the vet, and we are already making plans for our 2019 taxes. Life requires a great deal of us and many of those things are ones we would choose to avoid if possible. In the grand scheme of things these activities are really just annoying and welcome problems for those of us fortunate enough to live in the first world. In third world areas these annoyances sound more like privileges or dreams that only the wealthy can afford or schedule.
I’m not sure what is on your to do list today, so let this be a reminder that your dreaded tasks are opportunities to make your life better, pay your fair share, and ensure that you are healthy moving forward. Getting these things done means you care about yourself and those whose lives are impacted when something happens to you. Life can be very annoying, very true. Getting old is not for sissies, also very true. Keeping everything straight that is required of your life is often overwhelming, very true indeed. Consider the alternative.
As our cat howled in the car all the way to the Vet’s office I was annoyed and reminded that many animals do not have owners who can afford to get their annual booster shots. I let the cat howl and reminded myself of what a brilliant life I lead, simply being able to have a healthy cat seems extravagant when others do not have running water or enough food to eat. So today I will also confirm that appointment with our CPA and be grateful.