Monday Musings – Looking back in the future

Someone once thought it was a good idea to hire me as a junior high English/literature teacher. LOL. I still can’t believe it but I thank them for their trust.

The good news is that I don’t think I harmed any young minds. I thought I was great teacher.  Now, in hindsight, I’d say I was good at best with potential. Not great.

I enjoyed teaching, but gave it up because of the parents and pay. The kids were great and getting paid to discuss language was pretty cool. However, dealing with some parents reminded me too much of my “eating sh** days” in retail sales. Add that to the small paycheck and I gave it up.

During my days teaching I made exactly one comment I thought was interesting – one that is also relevant to cystic fibrosis.

Here it is: What is happening in the present day that we will regret in the future? Past examples: slavery, the red scare and the internment of Japanese. How did these happen?

And that’s my question today: When we look back years from now, and hopefully we’ll all be alive to do just that, what will we regret about cystic fibrosis in the future? The fact we lost so many before the cure was found comes immediately to mind.

Other thoughts: Why didn’t scientists know sooner that cruciferous vegetables held those secrets? Why did we bother taking a certain medicine?

Or will be there be no regrets in the future?

That’s what I’m thinking about tonight. What do you think?

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6 thoughts on “Monday Musings – Looking back in the future

  1. That is a very interesting question. Unfortunately I do not think it is a question that can be answered until after the fact. One of my old college professors once told me “hindsight is 20/20”. I think that was the best thing that anyone could have said to me. Perhaps the best thing we can do is speculate.

    • Stina,

      I agree for the most part. I think if I look at the world right now I feel confident there I can see a few things we are going to regret: our use of oil and plastic come to mind right away. When it comes to CF, I think it’s much harder to do. I do think there is a drug that we might look back on and regret. There’s always something. but you’re right, for now it’s speculating when it comes to CF. I wish I could make an educated guess.

      Thanks for replying and keeping the discussion going. Hopefully, a cure will make it all pointless. 🙂

  2. My regrets about CF:
    – wishing I knew I had CF before my lung function was already compromised
    – wishing I believed in the doctor that felt so strongly I had CF back when I was 13 – maybe if we kept trying to prove it – I could have prevented my lung function drop

    What I would not change:
    – the crazy experience of being told by 3 doctors I needed a transplant – then finding my life saver – no transplant needed – and here I am 20 yrs later! That was a rough time, but made me fight that much more

    • You and I should sit around one day and trade war stories. There is so much I regret personally about CF. It’s painful to think about because I literally lost lung function because of my temper. I switched from a doctor who used PFTs every visit to a CF doctor that used peak flow every visit. Oh, man. I’m an idiot.

      However, I do think your stories are more interesting, especially the transplant story. Glad you put that one on your blog.

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