I’d like to think that I don’t “sweat the small stuff”. I’m sure everyone does. But, sometimes something happens to make you realize it’s ALMOST all small stuff.
I’ve been feeling sorry for myself. I’m still recovering from foot surgery. I’m still in a “boot”. I still need crutches for “long distances”. At my “top” speed, I’m still slow. I get winded walking from the car to the door of the building. Every other hour, I need to ice my foot or it starts throbbing. By 5pm, my foot looks like a purple balloon and I need to rest. I can’t really do my job…. I can’t stand for long periods of time and it’s hard to be out evangelizing all things startup, when you can’t stand at a networking event.
And then, BAM. Something bad happens to someone you love. And you realize how self-ish and small you have been. My foot will recover. In a month or so, I’ll be back at full speed. But, they… they will never recover.