Wow, A Year Goes By FAST!
Yep, I missed it, the blog’s first anniversary…it came and went two weeks ago without any fanfare on my part and barely registered in my mind!
There are definitely some mixed feelings here; my first thought when I realized I’d spaced the one year anniversary of Get Glenn Mobile! was that it’s no big deal, the date to celebrate is still in the future, on the day when the fundraiser to modify my Honda and retrieve my life from limbo is finally complete.
That’s just not accurate, though. Modifying my Honda for wheelchair access is certainly crucial, but it’s just one of many goals I’ve set myself. It’ll take however long it takes to accomplish it, and sitting back and assessing the situation from an all-or-nothing standpoint’s awfully counterproductive. This project’s come a long way since I wrote that first blog post, and that’s not something to dismiss. We’re getting close to the halfway mark in funds raised, for one thing…a pretty impressive figure given that my appeal for help to the world was the first writing I did for publication, remember, and the fact that it’s made so much progress in that time is nothing to sneeze at.
The writing, I reminded myself, is the real reward, something I truly enjoy as well as turning into an entirely new purpose in my life. It has without a doubt been a huge boost for me; as I’ve noted before I’d thought my useful days were behind me, eliminated by the disability that’s crippled my body. That’s simply not true. I’ve gotten enough encouraging feedback to let me know I’m on the right track with the blog and with my opinion column for the American Daily Herald. Given the perilous times we live in, if I can communicate to people I’ve never met before the hazards that face all of us, that’s a significant thing and tells me I’m doing OK.
Let’s not forget the hundreds of good people who’ve contributed to get the funds at the level they are now, either. You folks, along with my friends who’ve taken the time and trouble to make all of those wonderful endorsement videos on my behalf, have done a stellar job…thank you ALL! You’ve demonstrated the most important truth that private voluntary action to support a cause like mine is the best and most efficient way for people to help one another, infinitely preferable to the coerced government action that’s promoted as the ‘acceptable’ solution in cases like this.
Nope, all things considered, this project is a resounding success, and the new beginning for me as a writer that’s resulted from it has been a magnificent and unexpected gift. These make for a happy anniversary indeed and makes me realize I’m eager to see what the future brings when the second, third and further anniversary arrive!
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