The latest outbreak of fires in the North Bay of California has triggered so many emotions; it has been heartbreaking to see the devastation that is occurring. The loss in incomprehensible, people have lost loved ones and everything that they owned.
I had lunch with a friend this week, and we talked about how it makes you realize that the ‘things’ that we accumulate are truly just things. Granted, we all like to have memories of loved ones or treasures that make us smile. But when it comes down to it, how much do any of us really need? Aren’t the times that we share with our friends and loved ones more important?
I’m not talking about giving up everything, but I am asking the question; are you filling your days up with moments instead of a shopping cart? Are you telling those close to you how important they are? Are you doing what you want to be doing in your life and as I’ve spoken about so much, taking time out to B-R-E-A-T-H-E? I realize that as a family caregiver that can be difficult and that adjustments have to be made. But even in the most challenging times, our lives, their lives our ‘stuff’ can all be gone in an instant. I know just how quickly that time can come.
The other thing that comes to mind is being prepared in the event of an emergency. Are you ready? I have to admit, I’m not as much as I should be and that is about to change. As a family caregiver, your life can be very busy and full, but I encourage you for the safety of yourself and your loved ones to take a look at this website from the Department of Homeland Security
and do what you can to have an action plan ready.
I made up an ICE (emergency contact) list and put it in my wallet. It occurred to me if something happened to my phone, whether it is the battery running out etc., that would be a very valuable thing to have. I thought back to racing to the hospital when I had to call 911 for Mom, I grabbed my purse but what if I had forgotten my phone?
None of this is to instill fear in you but instead take it away in the event something were to happen. Your life as a family caregiver can be taxing enough, if this helps to put your mind at ease even a little bit, I encourage you to do it.