Monday, January 26, 2015
Reading...Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Recently I read the book Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. I didn't read it... I inhaled the contents in 4 nights. It was the most inspiring read I have had in a while... It was originally recommended by 2 of my close friends. One of them told me that she gave the book to her family and friends because it captured her point of view. After reading it, I totally get it.
The book was FILLED with so many inspiring stories about how to face the later part of our life. The part of life people don't talk much about... but is real for everyone including our grandparents, parents, siblings, friends... and myself.
I am personally so glad to have read the book because I was often fearful of unknown path in the future. It not only clarified little bit about what might look and feel like... but also gave me a sense of empowerment that we can still make smart decisions and continue to expand our meaningful lives even though our bodies weaken. And it is totally okay to talk about the part of our life.
Here is the quote from the book that captures the essence I truly enjoyed from the read,
"It is to enable well-being. And well-being is about the reason one wish to be alive. Those reasons matter not just at the end of life or when debility comes, but all along the way.
What is your understanding of the situation and its potential outcome? What are you fears and what are you hopes? What are the trade-offs you are willing to make and not willing to make?
- Atul Gawande
If you have a moment, I hope you have a chance to pick up the book and read it through.