Life’s Little Curve Balls

I am a planner. For the most part I prefer to be in control of my own destiny. Not a control freak so to speak, but prepared enough to have things run smoothly with no surprises.

Some of you may not know, Nancy and I were planning to participate in this years Bike Across Kansas. The eight-day adventure would take us 475 miles from the Colorado border to the Missouri line right through the heart of our great state along with 798 other bicyclist. We’ve ridden several forty plus mile training rides, bought, borrowed and stocked up on all kinds of supplies, reviewed the map and then reviewed it some more.

But just when you think you have it all laid out and ready to go, life throws you one of those unexpected curve balls. Thursday afternoon of last week I was diagnosed with having a case of appendicitis and was taken in that night for a quick little surgery. I said ok, let’s get this done so I can get back to preparing for next weeks bike ride. “Sorry pal”, said the doctor, “there won’t be any eight-day bike ride for you. If it had happened a week earlier maybe but you won’t be ready and back at it in only one week”. But wait I said….. this wasn’t part of the plan. I’ve gone over it in my mind several times and it was no where on the check list.

Well as we’re getting checked into the hospital it becomes very apparent that this is a reminder to me that I’m not always in charge. Things are going to happen and there’s not a darn thing I can do about it. The good Lord has a way of reminding us of this. A reminder that came across as a sick and twisted joke that night. If you remember from a previous post, Nancy and I had planned to do the Bike Across Kansas as part of our Kansas 50 /50 plan which is to do or see 50 new activities in Kansas that we’ve never done before as we both turn 50 over the next 12 months. As the staff at Via Christi St. Francis finished getting me admitted, they handed us a slip of paper that showed I would be assigned to room 5050 once I was finished with surgery. I looked at Nancy and burst out into uncontrollable laughter. A Kansas 50 / 50 activity? Very funny God. Very funny.

I guess we can add this to our list since we’ve never done it before. It’s not nearly as exciting as the Bike Across Kansas, but it was spontaneous and we’ve never done it before.

Remember. Life’s an adventure. Live it….but be flexible!


If it’s God’s plan, I will be participating in the American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk campaign on June 18th to help raise awareness of the risks of cardiovascular disease and what can be done to reduce those risks. If you’re so inclined to help the American Heart Association continue its great research and education programs you can click the Start! Heart Walk link here to make a donation and help me reach my pledge goal for the walk. Once at the American Heart Association page click on donation and then type in my name and click search. Thank you to those who have already donated to help make a difference. It’s much appreciated!