Aalong with so many others, I’ve been anxiously waiting to find out whether Bolton Wonderers footballer Fabrice Muamba would pull through following his collapse on the pitch during last Saturday’s game against Spurs.
At the time, I couldn’t quite believe what was happening. I was enjoying a glass of wine in the conservatory at my in-laws whilst Matt watched the football in the lounge with his dad.
Then they both came running out, white-faced and visibly upset, to tell us the news.
It was like one of those unexpected scenarios that unfold without warning and you’re not quite sure how to react.
I didn’t know of Fabrice, nor am I a big football fan. But here was a young man, a father, in great difficulty and I found myself becoming absolutely distraught.
Thank goodness the latest news is that he’s on the road to recovery.
Such incidents certainly make you contemplate life though. We all know that ‘life is too short’ and that we should ‘make the most of it’, but how many of us actually do?
How many of us get up in the morning with a spring in our step, eager for the day ahead?
I’d imagine the number of us who wish our lives away looking forward to the weekend or that holiday booked in four months’ time is much, much higher.
It’s only during times of tragedy or shock that we stop to consider what is really important – health and family.
My heartfelt prayers go out to Fabrice and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery.
Will I be able to change the pattern we all tend to fall into when it comes to the work/life balance and assessing what’s really important? Probably not, if I’m being completely honest.
Because that’s life, isn’t it? We get up and go to work, we laugh and we moan and we wish the week away longing for the weekend to come and to enjoy that Friday night in with a Chinese.
We then spend hours thinking about our holiday plans to get us through long days at work. But what happened to Fabrice has made us all stop and, just for a few days, contemplate what really matters.