In the book and play The Year of Magical Thinking, author Joan Didion's husband dies unexpectedly while her only daughter is gravely ill and in the hospital. Dr. Robin takes a closer look at the book and says at some point, nearly everyone will experience a time when life doesn't work out as expected. "Life will happen, hardships will come, other things will go awry," Dr. Robin says.
In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan documents her grief and replays the things she could have done to make the end of her husband's life more meaningful. Dr. Robin says the book shares an important lesson about life that everyone should take to heart: "Take this opportunity to seize this moment and make it everything that it can be so at the end of the day, at the end of your life, the end of this moment, you can simply say, 'Well done,'" she says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Wednesday, December 4, 2013