Hey, remember that crappy cancer last summer? I sure do. Thankfully I’m still 100% in remission, but I bring it up because it kind of killed my summer. I spent 95% of it in a hospital chair or hugging a toilet bowl, but I guess it was worth it since, you know, still being alive and whatnot.
Another nugget it provided was an unplanned, though not unpleasant, realization of my own mortality. I’m still in my 20s now, but I won’t be able to say that this time next year. Before I know it, we’ll be planning for the 2062 Mars Olympics while deciding which Nixon clone to elect president and I’ll be lamenting how my 70s are about to end. Ever since that image popped in my head (the 100m dash…in space!), I’ve been saying yes to a hell of a lot more things and life has been noticeably sweeter.
There have been a few three or four day weekends this year where I haven’t posted, be it because the freebies simply aren’t there or Life got in the way. During those times, I’ve noticed an uptick in messages, comments, and emails asking if I was alright or feeling well. The level of concern that some people have for me still stuns me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over that and I know I’ll never stop appreciating it.
I’m almost done with a big move, I’ve got some personal and family things going on (all good!), and there are the usual summer vacations, trips, weddings, etc. I guess you could say I’m making up for lost time. But I wanted to make clear that I’m totally healthy and any short interruption in freebies this summer isn’t an indication otherwise. I don’t want to needlessly worry anyone. Trust me, if I was sick again, y’all would quickly know.
Take today for instance. I’m on my way to Bonnaroo, a four-day music festival, so I won’t be around to answer questions or comments. I’ve scheduled a few never-dying freebies to republish over the next few days and I’ll be back by Monday, but I’m obviously going to miss any brand new freebies. I hope you don’t desperately need that travel-sized shampoo I’m sure Garnier will offer while I’m gone.
Thanks again for all the positive energy flowing my way and here’s to a great summer everyone!