About a month ago I was told I was going to get VNS surgery to help my seizures. Awesome news right? Yes, it is amazing, but also a little scary! It
involves surgery, scarring, and it’s implanted in my body to change my brain current. Well, I thought I should go by the words of two of my very favorite men: Jesus and Frank Sinatra. Jesus says, 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.” The great and amazing Frank Sinatra has said, Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew when I bit off more than I could chew But through it all, when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried I’ve had my fill, my share of losing And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way! What was the message from these men that are so alike and so different? I shouldn’t worry! God has a plan, but I should do things that stretch me and make me a better person. I ended up making a bucket list of activities I was going to do before my surgery.
My bucket list was silly, fun, embarrassing, frustrating at times, and a great learning experience. I had to kiss a stranger at a bar, make a homemade dinner, do the trapeze, bring flowers to a retirement home, dress up and go to In and Out, and refurbish a piece of furniture. When, I wrote the list I didn’t think they would be as challenging as they were. I am a people person, but walking up to guys at bars even just to kiss them on the cheek feels super vulnerable. Making a pie for the first time was almost as terrifying to me as jumping off that ledge during the trapeze. And to women or men that prepare two dishes or more at dinner time I would just like to say WoW! I did lasagna and a caprese salad, but I did the salad in the morning, and the lasagna at night. I am going to try to work on doing two things at a time.
I really loved doing all these things, and was sad when it was over! It was nice too because I wasn’t thinking about the surgery all the time and I met some really nice people. I encourage everyone to just do one activity they normally wouldn’t do once a month. I am making a new bucket list for me to do before the New Year. I will show you what I have so far.
Cassidy’s Bucket List before 2017
- Watch Goodfellas
- Take a Cake Decorating class
- Recreate a famous dance scene
- Vacuum my house every week ( that sounds weird but I hate loud noise so vacuuming is like hell for me)
- Go paddle boarding
- Go on a missions trip to Mexico if my Dr. says it’s ok