Heroes, stories and imagery may have inspired humans to overcome insurmountable obstacles but for me, it was the Lamborghini
A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first "met" this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I've received many times over, albeit from other writers.
Can't is a word so frequently used, it's a crutch. When I tell, mainly women, some of the exercises I'm doing, like pull-ups, I immediately hear the pushback.
There are no bad days, my Danny boy. Only hard ones. So show up, stand up and stay humble. The rest will fall into place.
All of this talk about "thriving" vs. "surviving" is a whole lot of codswallop because you can't have one without the other. If you don't have the tools, the desire and the gumption to survive, you are never truly going to thrive.
As we begin another semester, notice the adult students who are working toward their dreams. These people are heroes - the few, the goal oriented, the self-advocating, the always-present, the well-supported, the positive thinking, the surviving, the grateful: the ultimate graduates.
It doesn't take a family member or friend to be a brain tumor survivor, or to know someone who has lost their life to this ugly disease, to help fight the fight or 'talk the walk and walk the talk.' But it definitely can make you pay attention and participate.