I often go on and on about the virtues of Twitter and how I’ve gained a huge online support community, plus some real-life friends too. Like Nicki, who I hooked up with on Saturday at Serendipity to meet another friend in the computer, Stacey, who I had met briefly once before.
Not only is Stacey as fab in real life as she is online, but she has one of those life stories that shakes everything into perspective for me, and a spirit and humour big enough to lighten the darker spaces in her life. She has a son Travis who has a congenital defect and is way less functional than boys of his age, and has special needs.
Spending a morning with Stacey, who is funny, non-complaining and full of great energy, reminded me of the tenacity of some people, of seeing the bigger picture, and being grateful for what you’ve got. It’s easy to want to live by these principles, it’s another thing putting them into play, and people like Stacey, who seems to have aced it, makes me want to be better and see things clearer.
It also makes me realise how “fortunate” we are for your good health and development, and I’m ashamed I don’t often remember it, and that instead I get muddled by the smaller stuff.
I guess there are lessons to be learnt everywhere, and for me, this time round, they’ve come in the form of a remarkable mother and her very special kid.
Love you Max
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