My Dents


“Time may be a great healer, but its a lousy beautician.”

Ahhh, the above is so very true. As I have traveled through life I now have more than a few gray hairs. I have scars …… many that can be seen, and many more that can’t. “I am who I am, and that’s all I ever will be”, as Popeye used to say.

A few weeks ago the little people in my life (aka as grand-kids) spent a week at My2ndHeartBeat World Headquarters. During our frantic, yet fun-filled week we all went and saw the movie Cars 2. I’m not going to review the movie here, but it’s an animated version of life where all the vehicles are almost human …. they talk, they have emotions, personalities, etc. It’s quite a cute idea. 

One of the vehicles is named “Tow Mater” ….. a beat up, older tow truck, that perhaps came from a small town in the sticks. He doesn’t have a lot of “worldly knowledge” and is quite rough around the edges.

In the middle of the movie there is a scene where others want to clean up old “Tow Mater” and remove some of his dents. His very adamant line in the movie stuck with me ……

“You can’t touch my dents,” says Mater. “I got every one of them dents with my best buddy Lightning McQueen.”

This is the way I feel …… my gray will stay with me and I will always cherish each and every scar I have. I’ve earned each and every one of these on my journey through life and they are there for a reason. I embrace them. I got all of my “dents” during good times and bad. With friends and while alone.

And, I’ve been with others before and after they received their life saving scars. Not only do I acknowledge and celebrate my scars ….. but the scars of my friends as well.

Now, I’m not advocating this (my) approach for all ….. lots of people color their hair, and have other procedures to look and feel better about themselves and that is great. So, please don’t misunderstand me, because I have family members that their career’s are to improve people’s looks and how they feel about themselves.

But for me ….. please don’t touch my dents. I’ve earned them.

“Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetime’s worth of lessons.”

Tow Mater

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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