A “New Normal” Isn’t Something New to Anyone Who Has Lived Very Long


Lots of people have been talking and posting on social media about having a “new normal” so this has prompted my response.

A “new normal” isn’t something new to anyone who has lived very long. We’ve all gone though multiple “new normal” times. It has happened when we start walking, start talking, start going to school. A “new normal” happened when we got engaged, got married, became a parent and then possibly a grandparent.

A “new normal” isn’t something to fear. It quite likely has given us something to cherish. Yes, a “new normal” might be that we cannot do something we used to be able to do. This “new normal” might be a health issue. I know this to be true in my own life. I’ve had so many changes with a “new normal” that others haven’t had and you probably have had a “new normal” that I haven’t experienced. That’s called life.

When I was run over by a tractor before I turned age 6, I had a “new normal” that included having to learn to walk again. I got over it; I got though it.

Surviving a Widowmaker heart attack at age 39 gave me a “new normal” again. I got over it; I got through it.

After the hit and run car incident, another “new normal” was in my life. I am still working through it and realized that all the other “new normals” are the same way. I never finished getting through them. They had become my everyday life, something that was in the past of my present day life. There was uncertainty with each “new normal” I experienced. There was also some fear to admit to. And through it all, each day strengthened my faith in God. Each day of that “new normal” taught me more of how to pray.

Today we can look at this “new normal” and when that sun comes up we can decide if we are to cower in fear or embrace the moment. I hope and pray you enjoy your day because I will enjoy mine.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. So, it doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you’d better be ready. – George Allen

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About David Christenson: He is a lifelong resident of South Dakota, grew up on a farm north of Claremont and attended school in Amherst and Britton, graduating from Britton in 1977. David married Gretchen Tisher in 1984. Gretchen is also a graduate of Britton and teaches math and drama at Britton-Hecla high school. David and Gretchen have two children. Zach is an engineer for Continental Ag in Norfolk, Nebraska and his wife Amanda is a nurse. Margo lives in Denver and works as a Marketing & Outreach coordinator for MyLifeLine.org, a cancer support not-for-profit entity. David started a cow/calf operation in the 1980s and farmed on the family farm after his high school graduation until December of 1994 when he accepted a sales position at the John Deere store in Britton. David left the John Deere sales position in March of 2006 and became a licensed crop insurance agent in May of 2006. David also started a rental business in 2010 and remained in the cattle business until January of 2012. David, age 55, has had some extraordinary circumstances in his life. He was run over by a farm tractor before age 6 and had three heart attacks a few months before turning 40. Then he suffered life threatening injuries a few months after turning 50 in a hit and run incident. David was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 and skin cancer in 2014. David started writing his recovery experiences on Facebook in December of 2009. Over the next four years those Facebook notes became what would become chapters in his book, “Why Are You Here?” which was published in December of 2013.

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