The more I speak to people my age, the more I realize that many friends have some sort of a health issue that they have to deal with each day. This is the new normal. If you live long enough, you can’t escape hearing about health problems everyday.
I am the biggest baby. I don’t think my coping skills ever matured. I constantly worry that we should all be healthy and happy. My cousin Allan Becker tells me, “Attitude is everything.” I know he’s right, but it’s so difficult to put on a smiley face when you don’t feel well, or you are worried about the future.
Some people have to put on a good show no matter what. I admire those who can do that. Kelly Clarkson, the singer, managed to host the Billboard Music Awards while suffering from appendicitis. She underwent surgery to remove her appendix the very next day. She admits now that she was in terrible pain during the entire ceremony. I don’t know too many other people who would have taken such a chance. What was going through her mind?
You will be shocked to learn of many famous people with chronic illnesses who appear in public life like they don’t have a care in the world.
Read about the woes of the famous. Maybe we can learn from them, or at least admire their fortitude.