I said to a young woman a few seconds before the darkness—my first cardiac arrest. As I returned to work as a behavioral coach, it became maddening to hear, for the ten-thousandth time, about all-consuming, everyday problems and misguided priorities while I fought to merely remain conscious.
Problems look different when you have no energy left to give them. After all, marathon runners don’t say much on mile twenty; they choose to breathe. And all I have to give is channeled into each moment that I am awake and I, too, choose to breathe.
Everyone wants the perfect formula to stick to personal change, and there is no shortage of self-help books to tell them about the best method to save time or find that elusive success they spend so much time chasing (and is never enough). Perhaps they’ve “read all the books.” They just aren’t doing it.
The Half-Known Life challenges conventional thinking of success, identity, and personal change. Most often, truly profound life change happens following events that shake people to their core—a car accident, death of a family member, or a cardiac arrest that pulls someone into a moment of clarity. Priorities change when time becomes precious.
Ryan Lindner draws on his experience as a behavioral coach managing a chronic health condition following sudden cardiac arrests in an emotionally driven exploration of what matters most that is sure to resonate.
If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.