As I write this on the eve of my 18th wedding anniversary, I think of life back then, and just how different it was. The events that happened leading up to, and after that wedding day, will really never be the same. My husband and I had a short engagement and were married just four months after we got engaged. Thus, the long-drawn-out wedding planning was non-existent. While it was the first marriage for both of us, we wanted something small and simple, and did a “destination wedding” & traveled to Fiji for our wedding & honeymoon.
I planned our entire trip via slow email messages & phone calls to the travel agency in Los Angeles. I had dial-up internet, was able to view a few things on their website, and picked the destination based on a few websites and a book. Upon arriving in Fiji, we were married the next day, standing on the beach, barefoot under a crooked palm tree, watching the sunset, with just a photographer & videographer as our witnesses. It was perfect.
Over the course of the next week we just hung out as honeymooners. There was no internet, no Facebook or Instagram, no emails. And that wasn’t because we wanted it that way, it was because those things just didn’t exist. We knew nothing that was going on back home. When we flew back to the USA and got a newspaper, we tried to catch up on the news of the past two weeks. It was September 9th.
And two days later our world really changed. I remember that tragic day so well. Like most people, I know exactly where I was & what I was doing on September 11th. That will be forever etched in my mind. I use to work in New York City, right in Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. I saw those twin towers on a regular basis. And then they were gone. And I wondered what would have happened if we had extended our honeymoon; quite possibly we could have been stuck in Fiji with no knowledge of what was really going on (though that may have been nice).
And here we are 18 years later. Three different homes. A child. Different work situations. Some family members are no longer with us. There are friends we no longer keep in touch with. Now when we travel, we can’t bring drinks through airline security. Flights are booked on apps or online. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and hundreds of emails every day. And it’s no longer simple. This world is so different, in so many ways.
And despite all that change, my husband and I stick by each other. Like any couple, there are ups and downs, and you work though them and are thankful and appreciative of each other. You grow together. You take those vows and build e a life together. And here we are, 18 years later, more grey hairs, more mileage on our bodies, yet lots of love and respect for one another. Life has changed and we change with it. We adapt. We stick with it. We grow. We love.
Luckily we are both healthy. We exercise, eat well, and get adjusted on a regular basis. We are adapting to the change in the world and with our lives. And I know that getting adjusted helps our body deal with all the stresses that are thrown our way. In fact, adjustments help anyone adapt and deal with stresses better. We are always facing so many different things, so when someone gets adjusted and the nervous system is working more efficiently, the body is able to handle things better. And that is true whether you are a newborn, toddler, preschooler, teen, young adult, adult or senior. A healthy nervous system helps us all adapt and deal with life better, and when life changes so much, that is important. And that’s just one of the reasons I encourage people to get checked and adjusted on a regular basis. Chiropractic can help you in many ways. 🙂