I am a 72 year old female who just found out I have stomach cancer.
My whole life I worked as a neurosurgeon and spent my youth and up until my early forties, going through school and trying to become the very best medical doctor.
I never had kids, was way to busy to marry, and only even had any definition by my career title.
My life was based on my career and focusing on helping others. It wasn’t until my 70s did I realize that all of my family is dead and I never had friends. I had collegues and coworkers, but never any friends. Even as a child, I was always the “lone” wolf.
I retired 5 years ago and loved my party. It was awesome having people say goodbye and feeling included. But after that, no one checked up on me or even said anything to me after that day.
My family like mother, father, siblings, died many years ago. It’s now just me.
I realized I worked myself to death and never had a life. Never went on any trips, never met a wonderful man and had children. It was always just me and my patients.
Now that I am dying, I really have nothing left. Most people wouldn’t want an older friend or romantic partner, and if they do, I now have to worry about them wanting me for my money as I am a multimillionaire.
To the people reading: Meet people. Most of you are young. Put family and friends first. And live your life more than your career.