I had a tough day yesterday. My endometriosis is making my life miserable as it is prone to do monthly; and I had a long day that ended with the realization that I had forgotten to send an important and time-sensitive email to a group of about 60 people. I finally got home, put the kids to bed and played around on the interwebs, mentally complaining about the stupid crap going on in my life.
And then I read that Susan had lost her battle with cancer and my perspective was rightfully shifted.
I didn’t know Susan any more than I know anyone I read daily, and we knew her death was near, but it still hit me hard and I found myself sobbing. We become so close through these computer screens, closer than outsiders realize, and things like this can remind you how real the bonds are.
Her husband asked that in leiu of flower we donate to Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research…
Or please choose to make a difference somewhere, anywhere, to anyone.
I did the easy part – I donated. The second part is harder. Susan made what I often refer to as a Ripple of Awesome and it touches so many lives that – someday – it will come full circle back to her family. Hopefully, several times over. And today I hope to add to that. I’m not going to change the world today, I’m not that naive, but I can try to at least spread joy, happiness, try to “make a difference” in whatever small ways I can. It’s really what I should be doing every day, but it’s shakeups like this that remind me of that. That redirect me. Reorient me. Point me in the direction I should be going instead of the easy path.
It’s the least I can do to show the world that these connections we make through our blogs, they are real. They can make real change in lives. These blogs allow voices like Susan’s the platform to inspire. To heal. To change. And when one of those voices is silenced, the sadness we all feel is real too.