The Long Talk

Couples do it – well those that are happy in their relationship do it. It is called talking and every so often, Greg and I will sit down and just talk about where our lives are and where we are headed. The most recent talk came during a night out downtown with dinner and a concert. We decided to try this nice Irish Pub downtown and, of course, they allow smoking in there. Lucky for us, there wasn’t much smoke at all given that the Green Bay Packers had just finished playing that day.

While we ate, we talked about our goals to each other. I realized during the conversation that he was joining the rat race once again. For those that don’t know, the rat race is a term we use to illustrate people’s need to fit in with society and follow the “flow”; even at the chance of losing themselves. I will agree that I was doing the same thing and it was at this moment that I took a step back in my mind and let myself remember everything we have endured over the last 7+ years of our marriage.

No! It wasn’t happening! I wasn’t going to let it happen! We had realized a long time ago that the rat race is often not won and people are generally not happy in that race. The importance of life and love in this world are swept away with power, money, and social standing. It was not enough that we love ourselves but that other people love, adore, or even envy us. This is not for us; I am not going back to a time when my self confidence resembled a grain of sand or that I allowed myself to try and fit in with people just cause that was what society wanted us to do.

So, we took that time during our meal to remember that life is short. We don’t know how long Greg’s great health will last or even when we will both be called home by God. It is for that reason that we threw our hands up and said “Nope, not playing!”. Life, love, and our relationship are too important to us. Following our passion and inner dreams is what truly matters – not making 6-figures a year! Sure, if we can follow the path we want and still make great money, then that is awesome. However, if we cannot, then we will truly wealthy lives anyway – strong, healthy, happy, and together!

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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