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What living life at 100% means to me: it’s the little things

Lorie Bursch

In 2005 my life made a very huge change.  I was 40 years old and “living the dream.”  I was newly engaged to the love of my life, had a wonderful job and career and we had just built the home of my dreams.  I was making plans and living large.

That all changed in an instant.  My fiancé passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm one morning in the shower getting ready for work.  My whole world turned upside down, my life and all my plans forever changed.

Before that day, I would say I was very much a type A personality, a perfectionist and had many OCD characteristics.  Working 50 to 60 hours a week was very normal, and I loved it.  In fact, I didn’t know how to not work.  My phone was available to the providers and staff 24/7, 365 days a year.  It was not out of the ordinary to get calls while I was on vacation, even if I was in another country.  Luckily my personal life intermingled quite well and didn’t seem to suffer (or at least I thought it didn’t).

So, you ask, what does that have to do with living life at 100 percent?

This event changed my life in lots of ways.  I have learned to slow down and enjoy life again and what it has to offer.  I feel I have more patience, more compassion and more understanding of so many things.  My daily stress is considerably less.  My priorities have changed.  I still have a job I love, but my job will never come before my family or friends.  I make more time for them and in doing so, get so much more in return.  I have found time for myself in a lot of different ways, which include more faith, regular exercise, hobbies, and allowing myself down time.

Life is good! A very bad situation has made me learn to live my life at 100 percent. To me it’s the little things and finding joy in just being happy, healthy and alive each and every day.

Lori Bursch 
Somerset, WI