At the risk of creating a depressing thread on a Friday I needed to share some sad news on a close friend. A fellow church member that was in his late 40's passed away this week. The sad and very tragic reality is that it was totally and completely avoidable. The cause of his death? His liver finally succumbed to his alcoholism. I didn't think that still happened in 2007????
The fellow was a former professional athlete, talented, gregarious, the life of the party and very successful in business but the stuff just got complete control of him. My kids knew his kids pretty well and just don't know what to think. We all knew and saw the effects of his addiction but he never saw this it coming. He was a master at disguising and obviously even fooling himself that it wasn't that big of a deal.
I assumed this stuff just didn't happen anymore but obviously I was very wrong. Left behind are two terrific kids in college and high school and a wife who is probably very devastated. I think we're all in a state of disbelief and shock that he was unable to get control of himself.
I've read where I share this trait with some of you, that I've become much more conscious and observant of other's healthy/unhealthy habits. I continue to be more aware and amazed at what the population at large is doing to their health. I have close family members who could use better habits and are not doing themselves any long term benefit continuing as they are. I try to help..........
I know I've read a number of bio's of folks who have overcome something or are on the their way to a more healthy lifestyle. Good for you. Here's hoping we're able to conquer whatever demons or issues loom over us.
Sorry for the "noise" but my friend's leaving us was just so unnecessary........Maybe something I can work out on a long ride tomorrow.