An Eye-Opening Experience

“It is tough getting older, but it is tougher to watch your parents get older” – My sister.

This weekend certainly didn’t go according to plan for my family. On Friday morning, I got a call from my sister about my father being admitted to the hospital for what appeared to be early symptoms of a heart attack. Thankfully, it wasn’t, but after an EKG, blood analysis, enzyme test, and a CT scan the doctors believed there was a blockage in an artery on the left side of the body. My dad caught it early, but to hear your parents tell you that there could have been a major event within 30 days, is terrifying.

My dad is okay and today he is going through the catheter procedure and possibly a stent. But I cannot help reflect on the saying that, “age is just a number.” Because I know eventually age is a reality and smacks you in the face with a problem.

There is no doubt that as humans, we continually take for granted the time that we have in life, and sometimes we forget that our age is a constant reminder that we only have a limited time on this Earth. Now that I am married and look at the world as an adult, I cannot but realize how old my immediate family members actually are. I still see my sister as the sarcastic middle and high schooler who I use to look up to as a kid, and I see my parents in their 40s and 50s who I admired and loved growing up. However, it comes as a shock at times to say or hear that my parents are both in their 60s now and my sister has just started her 30s. Personally, I will be 25 at the end of April, which to me is a bigger birthday than 18 or 21, because as a kid I believed that someone was truly an adult at 25. So knowing that I am nearing that point in my life, it makes me reflect on who I have become and what I am looking forward to for the next 25 years of hopefully long life.

Time is always our worst enemy, but this weekend made me realize that I have a responsibility to my family and my future generations, to be the healthiest that I can be. This wasn’t what I had initially planned for 2019, but I am thankful that my dad didn’t hesitate when he realized something wasn’t normal.

I personally want to thank those of you who have messaged, called, and commented on social media with prayers and thoughts for my family.

Update: My father is out of the hospital and is resting at home. Luckily there was no blockage. Rather than a blockage, the CT scan exaggerated calcium and he is of good health. Again, thank you to everyone who sent prayers, thoughts, and comments to me and my family.

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I was born on April 29, 1994, in Charleston, SC and was raised in the tri-county area of Charleston all my life. I was involved in Boy Scouts for ten years and I received my Eagle Scout in 2010. I attended and graduated from Stratford High School in 2012 and took some college courses at Trident Technical College, prior to transferring to the College of Charleston (Class of 2017). At the College I study Political Science, concentrating in Politics, Philosophy, and Law; yet my college career has been based on general knowledge of the different aspects of the political arena. These aspects include but are not limited to economics, philosophy, law, ethics, policy, and public administration. I am not affiliated with a single political party, due to considering myself as a Progressive Republican and a Pragmatist. I firmly believe that being in politics is about serving the people before yourself and that the mission of statesmen and stateswomen are to do what is necessary and sufficient to protect the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, Property, Health, and Pursuit of Happiness; as well as citizen's constitutional rights. I believe in human rights and that each of us has an obligation to protect one another from injustice and immoral policies; especially when those policies are discriminatory and a deterrent of peace and prosperity.

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