A look back in history provides a reminder of a man who seemed to have everything, and yet had very little because of pain.
George Eastman was the founder of the Eastman Kodak Company. He was also the inventor of roll film. He is credited with playing a lead role in photography. He transformed photography from a range of an expensive hobby to something that all could enjoy.
In his final years, Eastman was suffering from a heart condition, diabetes, and a degenerative spinal disease. Basic walking caused him great pain. As time passed, he grew more depressed.
He shot himself on March 14, 1932. His suicide note read, “To my friends, my work is done. Why wait? GE.”
People that cause permanent injury with their cars sometimes don’t even show up for Court. Defense attorneys spend all trial explaining why the person that was hurt, was not really that hurt. They asked the jury to ignore the medical testimony as though it is concocted by the lawyer.
A person only has their day in Court. They cannot ask the jury to come back to the Courtroom in 10 or 20 years. Instead, that person must just live with the pain and hopefully a verdict to help get treatment or fight the pain. You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.
Over the weekend, I wasn’t feeling well. Thankfully nothing serious. My only real loss was my Monday blog. Still, a reminder of how important “just feeling well” can be.
I can always count on pic o’ day to make me feel better: