Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Have you ever met a person and regardless of the length of time you spend with them a connection has been made? Sometimes that connection is immediately apparent, it's impact glaringly obvious. But more often than not, you aren't cognizant of the effect until sometime in the future, when it hits and you and you are left stricken by the power of humanity.
Over the last 15 months I have been extremely fortunate to see a side of people that is not always clearly visible. How people empathize, console, encourage, and support differs greatly, and is often quite personal. Many don't want to intrude or overstep while others come out of the woodwork to and in ways you might not have even known were required. There isn't a right way to show you care about someone. Being a fiercely independent person who hasn't always felt secure in leaning on others in time to need; I am incredibly thankful for the diverse ways that people love and care for one another. Although my disability often leaves me feeling alienated and alone, my experiences of motherhood and blindness has given me such a deep respect for people and an overwhelming sense of gratitude for every single friend, family member, colleague, acquaintance, friend-of-a-friend, stranger who has supported me on this incredible journey of life. I wish I could personally thank every one of you and express just how much your efforts have meant to me.