Day 3043: Whatever doesn’t kill me

Who said “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”?

It didn’t kill me to discover that it was Friedrich Nietzsche.

It didn’t kill me to finally spell “Friedrich Nietzsche” right in that previous paragraph.

Here are others things that didn’t kill me:

  • being born with a rare heart condition,
  • spending lots of time in the hospital when I was kid,
  • ridiculous hospital rules which prevented my parents from staying with me,
  • a few awful nurses and doctors,
  • medicine that made me sick,
  • many surgeries,
  • relying on cardiac pacemakers since age 10,
  • the assassinations during the 60’s,
  • bullies at school,
  • mean or incompetent teachers,
  • bad leaders,
  • bad weather,
  • bad food,
  • choking on a piece of hard candy I accidentally swallowed while laughing,
  • car accidents,
  • scary plane trips,
  • scary movies,
  • scary people, including a rapist,
  • jobs that didn’t fit my skills or interests,
  • walking across a frozen river,
  • my mistakes,
  • other people’s mistakes,
  • traveling by myself,
  • not being able to swim,
  • three bouts of endocarditis because of a leaky heart valve,
  • valve replacement surgery,
  • public speaking,
  • public singing,
  • mountains,
  • valleys,
  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • PTSD,
  • suicidal thoughts,
  • rejection,
  • disrespect,
  • sexism,
  • anti-Semitism,
  • ageism,
  • COVID-19, and
  • everything and everybody else I’ve encountered in my long life, including what you see in today’s images.

The Daily Bitch Calendar kills me (in a good way).

Here’s Finger Eleven with “Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me”:

It doesn’t kill me to express gratitude, so thanks to all who help me create these daily posts, including YOU!

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22 thoughts on “Day 3043: Whatever doesn’t kill me

  1. I loved this one! You have led a colorful life, dancing now and then on the precipice, and now share your wisdom and humor to others. I’m glad I met you!

  2. and happy you continue to lift the weights off of yourself, we all carry things that we don’t need to, but it sometimes takes a while to believe we can leave them by the side of the road and move on, all the lighter for it.

  3. Leon D Fairbanks

    I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
    From up and down and still somehow
    It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
    I really don’t know clouds at all

  4. puella33

    What made you think of Nietzsche? Have a nice week-end, Ann

  5. Carry on carrying on and getting stronger!

  6. Some of the things on your list are very scary. I’m sure glad they didn’t kill you.

    That plate of spaghetti looks delicious. Can you imagine being the person who invented spaghetti? Can you imagine a world where you’re used to having toast and peas and mashed potatoes and suddenly you think that you’d like to have food that came in string shapes? That’s pretty amazing

  7. The film Conan The Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger opens with that quote from Nietzsche. I know some people who said that sort of philosophy was the last thing they expected when they went to see that movie. Part of the joy of life, I think, is not merely that we survive terrible things but that there are surprises everywhere.

  8. That’s quite a list of things that didn’t kill you, (((Ann))). I think a few of those might have done a lesser woman under!

  9. May more people always like you in person than on Twitter, Ann, and I hope you get a whole lot of likes on Twitter, too.

  10. If I get out again this afternoon to do a bit more weeding, I don’t suppose it will kill me

  11. I loved your photos of the ocean and those gorgeous sky-meets-sea panoramas. It wouldn’t kill me, but would extend my life, to have more opportunities for those ocean visits!

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