The first time I sat in an endodontist’s chair, I couldn’t understand what went wrong. I knew why I was there. It’s because I needed a root canal.
The mystery was how a person with no cavities since childhood needed this procedure. The fact that I practiced elite-level brushing and flossing added to my disbelief.
The doctor said, “certain things in the body just wear out.” That was little comfort, though I am grateful for his excellent skills that resulted in a very brief procedure.
There is a lot of emphasis in our culture placed on winning. Most of the time, that thinking is harmless because a correction is always around the corner. Too often, euphoria created by victory also includes a strain of amnesia.
Thinking in terms of living vs. dying makes a lot more sense than focusing on winning vs. losing. Quality of life means a lot more than any trophy.
Eventually, all of our accomplishments will begin to resemble this Austin, Texas wall. That’s how it goes.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.