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Well, it’s Saturday and I’m at work today, so I hope your weekend is better than mine. Hopefully I can leave in time for my daughter’s soccer game (and have time to change out of my suit because it’s going to be over 100 degrees).

Earlier this week I went to a retina specialist about my vision issues. He saw nothing of immediate concern, and will see me again in two weeks to be safe. I still have the “floater,” and probably always will, though people say it could break up, fade away or my brain will learn to ignore it. Here’s hoping to that because it’s rather annoying and sometimes gives me a headache.

What I’ve learned from this is something I probably already knew, but had forgotten.

YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT.

We could talk endlessly about living every day like it could be your last, but I won’t.

Granted, I really dodged a bullet by not having a detached retina, and I’m not in pain, but the very essence of my waking life is now altered by this strand of darkness.

To be honest I had some moments of private panic – will I be able to SEE my daughters graduate college and get married? Will I be able to see the faces of my grandchildren? Would I be homebound for the rest of my life?

Those questions are the “old me” trying to come through. I have worked hard over the last year to try to be positive. The positive here is “it coulda been worse.” When I think of all the people who have health problems, I realize that everyone has something wrong with them, or some adversity to overcome.

That’s what life is about.

BEST PERSONAL FINANCE (AND LIFESTYLE) WRITING OF THE WEEK

  • Eric at DollarVersity shares a chronological slow-motion meltdown in customer service as he worked through the application process for a HARP 2.0 refinance on his home.
  • American Debt Project asks a great question: why should a car be embarrassing? She then lays out some good reasons for buying a used Crown Vic.
  • It’s garage sale season and I’d rather be out wheeling and dealing than at work. Canadian Budget Binder has a warning for Canadians (and probably everyone) that you are liable for what you sell at a garage sale. Scary thought that we could be sued for tens of thousands of dollars over a three dollar toaster.
  • I recently shared my thoughts on minimalism, and Bog of Debt shares her thoughts on why minimalism is not for her.
  • My friend Matt quit his personal finance blog (RamblingFever Money) to start another one documenting his quest for passive income. Check out the intro at Dumb Passive Income. (Yes, that’s an intentional homage to Pat Flynn at Smart Passive Income).

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