Though defined as a place for healing, hospitals are sometimes perceived as a dreaded place as it’s associated with loss, sickness, and sometimes, even hopelessness. But hospitals teach us a lot of lessons about ourselves, our family and friends, and our life values. Being in the hospital challenges our values as a person – where you get your hope from, who your true friends are, how much your family loves you, and so on.
If you’re lying in a hospital somewhere and just happened to stumble upon this post, here are five lessons you ought to ponder about:
“You’re a mere human.”
“BWAHAHAHA,” the viruses and bacteria laugh.
No matter how healthy you live your life, you’ll end up in the hospital for reasons you will never anticipate. But fear not, for being hospitalized doesn’t automatically result in a crippled life. Actually, it is a proof that you have the determination to survive and do the things you want and need.
“You’re luckier than 90% of the world’s population.”
If you were in an era hundreds of years ago, you won’t be reading this post right now. It is not unlikely that your death came with unrelieved pain. No medicine to help you and no diagnosis to help your understand the nature of your condition.
Fast forward to present day and you’d quickly see that health care remains a prevailing global issue. Did you know that while you are bedridden in a hospital, one billion people lack access to health care systems? On another note, over 7.5 million children under the age of five die from malnutrition and mostly preventable diseases each year.
“It’s not good for man to be alone.”
The thought of having no one else but yourself in the entire world is depressing. The image of a lone, old, sick man with no companion to attend to his needs is just wrong, and lonely, and devious.
That’s why it is not good for man to be alone – both in a literal and figurative sense.
You should know how to have compassion on other people, especially to your family and friends. Visit and pray for them when they are sick. Encourage them when they are down. Offer them comfort during their time of loss. You will not strong all the days of your life. You need people to depend on and help you during the hard days, so learn how to welcome people in your life.
“They’re people, too.”
“Why you gotta be so rude, don’t you know I’m human, too?”
So sings the hospital staff assigned to you. If ever you forget, the doctors and nurses are vulnerable to the same fatigue and disease that knocked you down on your hospital bed. They are not just those who make rounds to check patients – they are also mothers, daughters, sons, fathers, brothers and sisters who have their own families and friends. What does this imply? Unruly behavior such as grumbling can hurt and demotivate them. Your pain is understandable, but you don’t have to yell at people or bash them publicly just to get the service you want.
Appreciate their service. Trust us, it can go a long way.
“Do not take your body for granted.”
You know how the old scenario happens: The relationship fails because someone else is taking someone for granted.
The same goes for your body. Look around and see a lot of adults blessed with disease-free and functional bodies but choose to smoke, eat unhealthy food, and refuse to exercise. That lifestyle is just a disease waiting to happen.
Time is not a problem. If you can find time amidst your busy schedule to go in the verandah just to smoke, why can’t you have time to run or walk for your body’s shake? If you can develop that habit of playing video games every day, why can’t you develop a healthy eating habit? And if you can throw away useless things, why can’t you throw away that cigarette stick?
You only have one body. It is your responsibility to take care of it.