Several months ago, I saw comedian Tracy Morgan interviewed on The Today Show. He’d been a regular on Saturday Night Live. In 2014, he was in a horrific car crash which left him in a coma. His recovery is nothing short of miraculous.
He talked about how his life has changed and how difficult recovery has been. He said he hoped that one day he’d return to host SNL. And then he said, “Happiness is having something to look forward to.” Such a simple statement, yet packed with so much meaning.
If we don’t have anything to look forward to, we don’t have hope. I’ve never suffered from depression, but my mom has. She was in such a dark place, she didn’t know how she’d ever get out of it.
Thankfully, hope returned, and she felt that her life was worth living. Antidepressant medication was her miracle.
Every day I think of things I’m excited about, big or small. Maybe I can’t wait to go for a walk in the mountains with my husband and our dog, have lunch with a friend, or spend time in my garden. And there are long term goals to anticipate, like a family vacation, my daughter’s college graduation, or a family member’s wedding.
This week I’m taking my mom to lunch near the beach. I can’t wait!
And neither can she.