One of my favourite quotes of all time is from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee by the character Atticus who says “You never really understand a person until you step into their shoes and walk around in them.” This quote touched my heart many years ago and I always endeavour to remember these words when I meet anybody in life, especially the most disagreeable ones. Few have remained unbreakable to me, I can normally relate to most people on some level, one of my few qualities. I put this down to having lived on a council estate yet at the same time being educated in a boarding school ( long story but basically because mum died and dad had served many years in the Merchant Navy) I had to be able to adapt rather like a chameleon to my different environments.
I don’t really know what point I am trying to make by this, but all I know is that there is something deep in my spirit that wants to reach out and help people. Even now, when I am not well myself, I find myself thinking about setting up a meeting point for local people with MS to meet at as we don’t have a lot going on in Okehampton for us, our nearest stuff is Exeter which is a 50 mile round trip. I want to help other people with MS.
I just love people and their stories and where they have come from etc. As I meet more and more people with this condition I am finding that shortly before the point of diagnosis we have usually been subject to huge amounts of stress and thoroughly rubbish life experiences which appears to be the trigger, we go down but then we pick ourselves up and rise like a Phoenix from the flames. At the moment I am in the low part but am beginning to accept that MS is now a part of me and I am full of hope that this will be one of the best things that could have happened to me. That I will find a new direction in life and gain a deeper self awareness and therefore put myself on perhaps a more fulfilling path.
Positive thought: Rise