A woman patient filed a police report and legal case against her long-time live-in partner. It’s for physical injury and the RA law on violence against women. She was physically assaulted and seriously wounded by her alcoholic, sex-addicted, and violent partner.
The worst part of it is all the wasted time. She let it happen to her for many years. Finally, she has decided to give up on him if he won’t choose rehabilitation. She left him and pursued legal remedy when the needed change becomes a matter of life and death.
I’m reminded of another patient whose heart began to beat erratically because of overwork. At risk of a fatal heart attack, he shared that he can’t believe that he put his job before his family, friends, his health – everything. All he cared about was making money.
This patient was “lucky” that he’s still breathing when he started thinking these thoughts! Now, everything he took for granted before becomes so precious. When his wife and daughters come to care for him, he’d cry profusely as soon as he sees them.
All the wasted time! I can’t imagine the regrets countless broken patients feel about their lives. No one can give them back all the days of their life spent boozing, abusing, or hurting themselves and their relationships. Why did they have to wait until everything gives out, collapses?
Indeed, nothing compares with emergencies, traumas, and pains in catalyzing rapid changes in life perspective. Realignment of life priorities often happens during times of exigency. For a lot of people, this is true. It compels them to finally assess their expended years for the “real” content of life they hope to live.