Life is a series of hits and misses. Sometimes, despite the planning and the preparation, things don’t always work out the way you thought they would, or the way you wanted them to.
In your life’s “to do list,” you write down the things you have to do… the things you want to do… the things you dream of doing, things you aspire for.
Then there are the “almosts.” These are things that we don’t plan for… either they almost happened or almost never happened… And you know that had they happened the other way around, your life as you know it will be totally different.
Allow me to share some of my “Almosts…”
at 5 years old... not nice
**I almost died when I was very young – When I was 5 years old, I contracted Dengue fever brought about by a mosquito bite. During that time, the disease was not as common. I remember them calling it “H Fever,” maybe shortcut for Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF). I was hospitalized for a week, had high grade fever for days, was on IV, had daily blood tests to monitor my platelet count. My blood was probably one of the first samples in the area that the doctors used to study said disease.
Up to now there’s no tested or approved vaccine for the virus. Unfortunately, many young children die every year because of a simple mosquito bite.
I spent the Christmas season in a hospital room and was released on Christmas Eve.
I always knew I was special. Though an office mate of mine before said I was more of a “freak of nature” having survived that. I had him fired. (Nah, kidding on that.)
** I almost played a big role in a TV ad – In my past life, I used to want to be a model — whether print or TV (I felt I was too short to do the ramp). I was asked by my agent (yes, I even had an agent) to do a go-see for a detergent powder. Being the arrogant person that I was, I snubbed said go-see and told myself I didn’t want to be a laundry woman.
The ad (and the product) became a hit… and the girl who landed the job appeared again and again and again on the succeeding ads of same product.
Sometimes I still think it could have been me.
** I almost moved to another country for love – When Mr. 1994 (related post, Flashbacks) left for his home country to continue his studies, I considered following. Since we didn’t know then how the relationship will go, we planned on meeting up after several months, this time with me being the one to go to where he was.
I almost did.
** I almost ended up with a total j@#$ – After Mr. 1994, I went out with one of his friends. Totally different story compared to the one I had with Mr. 1994. It was such a sordid experience that taught me a lot of lessons – lessons that I learned the hard way!
To this day I am so thankful I got out of that one.
life in Provence
** I almost stayed in France. I went to France for my sister’s wedding. This was also a really bad time for me, personal relationship-wise. As I enjoyed every minute in Provence, I also dreaded the thought of going back home. South of France seemed like a good refuge. Every night I prayed I didn’t have to go home.
I almost didn’t.
oh, my heart...
** I almost named my son after George Clooney. I was such a huge fan of George Clooney when I was pregnant. Okay, I still love him up to now, really, but that’s another topic (wait for George Clooney’s Girlfriend # 635 entry). I thought of naming my son after him… but I didn’t really like the name George. For a moment I contemplated on giving the baby the Clooney family name. Seriously.
** I almost bought that Total Core fitness equipment. When I turned thirty five, I realized that mere dieting (my translation: starving self) doesn’t work anymore if I wanted to keep myself thin.
I have been obsessing about my weight and curves for the past months. One obviously-not-busy morning, I found myself watching home TV shopping where they were featuring the Total Core fitness thingy. I was so enthralled and impressed that I picked up the phone and dialled the number on the screen to order…
… luckily I faltered when I heard that there were additional charges (i.e., delivery fee).
Several days later I found out that said equipment is also being sold in a sports shop at the mall – at about half the price! Good thing I didn’t place the order when I called.
I still might get one, though.
** I almost didn’t start a blog because I was afraid it would be over indulgent and I didn’t think people would actually care about what I say (or write).
Am glad I did, though. Blogging has been quite an experience so far.
Do you have an “almost” that stands out?
*** *** *** *** *** *** **** *** ***
photos via weheartit.com