Yesterday was strange.
One of the strangest days of my life.
One of the most painful days of my life too.
Well hold your pants because I am telling you.
What happened is that on Sunday I decided to go to the beach with a friend. It was a great day for the beach. Bright and sunny and not too crowded. And the waves were crashing with the force of nine gales.
So I swam out there to swim amongst and bodysurf the giant waves. (The biggest and most powerful waves I've ever caught bodysurfing btw.) And things were fine.
Until they weren't.
Because after a while my friend asked me if I wanted the boogie board. And even though those things are floating liabilities (because they don't allow you to dive under waves and are essentially buoys attached to your body) I took it for a spin.
And within minutes I got the walloping of a lifetime.
I got walloped good.
The undercurrent hit me so strongly that it felt like having a giant grab me by the skull and drag me along the ocean floor. In fact, that was the first time I've ever had to get out of the ocean from getting wave walloped.
Long story short. I woke up the next day with a throbbing headache. And within hours I was completely incapacitated and unable to do anything other than lie in bed and moan and groan.
Every time I moved I would have throbbing pains shoot into my skull.
It got to the point where I had convinced myself that I had brain swelling or bleeding. I even went so far as to ask my roommates if they thought I should go to the hospital.
I am glad they convinced me no. Because over time it was clear the problem wasn't my brain but my neck.
In other words, ya boy got whiplash. Ya boy got whiplash real good.
All in all I feel very lucky. I had zero memory loss, or trouble forming words, or any of the other problems associated with a brain injury. Even still, I couldn't help imagining myself sitting in a hospital bed with tubes running into me as I sat there drooling. I also couldn't help but read a few horror stories, including one where a guy had to get his skull cut open to prevent his brain from swelling.
Call me weak, but I'm not sure I could handle that.
To make matters worse, I had my day jam-packed with things I wanted to accomplish. I even had to cancel a meeting I had planned with a potential new client.
And it got me thinking, no matter how tightly you have things planned, no matter how detailed your strategy is... life is going to throw a few curveballs your way.
It can be a debilitating brain disease. Or trauma to your spinal cord. Or even a pesky little virus that takes over the globe.
So if you're going to do something, best do it now. Because you never know what life has in store.
That is what I've taken from the first half of 2020 anyway.
It's like a Zen monk I follow always says:
"Do you know how to know when you've made a plan? When it doesn't happen."
Tomorrow I will get back to sharing marketing and copywriting tips with you. But today, this was really all that was on my mind.
If you've been planning to get me on your team, best go to the waitlist below before a wave comes and washes it away: