Obvious to the Trained Eye

Without a doubt, the latest mistake I’ve made to bless my life in significant ways has been to participate in a Color Run in my community. My eldest daughter thought it would be fun for us and my little one to enter a fun filled adventure. It was fun indeed. Despite of my limited range of endurance, I managed to finish the 5k course and made the final approach in their company as they joined me to cross the final line. All was fun and games, dear me, I never thought there would be terrible consequences later.

It may be obvious to some, but, as the bearer of a newly acquired limitation known commonly as asthma, I was utterly oblivious to the pounds of dispersed dry corn starch that filled the air with magical appearance. The combination of colors was beautiful and the sensation of running through colored midst in the early hours of the morning was a little surreal.

Yes, I see some of you shaking your heads, some others, depending on your exposure to the tragically unsavory consequences of hind sight when it comes to asthmatic reactions, I see you covering your mouth with a breath half caught in your throat; but hey, I was due for a big lesson in prudence. I got it. I was taught, tested and dutifully passed after a week of unrelenting episodes of short breath, unstoppable coughing and a raging upper respiratory infection

Having an illness like asthma is most definitely a bummer, but knowing how to manage life around its limitations can be the difference between either a harsh or a near normal life. When it comes to life lessons in general, making mistakes could have harsh consequences, but if what you learn in the process makes you have a better life later, it is most definitely a blessing in disguise.




The Daily Prompt:

Is there a mistake you’ve made that turned out to be a blessing — or otherwise changed your life for the better? Tell us all about it.















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