“To those whom much is given, much is expected.” – John F. Kennedy
I have been blessed with so much. I am grateful for my family, my home, and my friends and yes, my health.
When I started blogging I wanted to share my apples and my project with people I did not know but who I had one very big thing in common with – a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. So, I went looking online for places to meet people with AS. I went to various forums, I went to Twitter, I went to Facebook. And it was very intimidating at first. I couldn’t imagine how I could possibly make real connections with people I didn’t meet “for real.” And this may strike you as odd but before I began the Apples For AS awareness project that I wanted to share, I was a FB looker only. I didn’t really get Facebook. I didn’t think I had anything to share.
And, then I did. I had an enormous amount to share. And to receive.
I learned I could share so much. I could share my experiences, trials, and triumphs of the entire process of becoming ill, searching for years for answers, and finally getting a diagnosis and help. I could also share my positive nature and my heart. It was like a flood gate opened and it all came pouring out. I went from posting an apple image and a few sentences to creating apples that really conveyed a message. This all came with an outpouring of emotions.
As I progressed day to day, I continued to connect with people and share. I was overwhelmed by the love and support I received back – from strangers…
The last two years have been a blessing. I rejoice in the friends who I have found and can love on every day. I am not shy in saying that I love to love on people and thankfully my husband Doug understands that sharing love is just who I am. Some people feel that sharing words of love cheapen the feelings and the sentiment. I’ll tell you what – there are a lot of good and joyful friendships and moments lost in life if you hold back on giving love. There may be some who think I’m over the top – my positivity may get on the nerves of some – and that is OK. That is not something I can control. I speak of being yourself, of following dreams, of being authentic. This is my authentic.
I have also been told that I might not want to encourage people to be more open and loving because there are people who do not have it in them to be this way.
I don’t know how to answer that but to say that I won’t stop being who I am and sharing what I believe. The AS, Autoimmune Arthritis, and Chronic Pain family I now have are blessings found out of a difficulty I deal with in my life. I have been given so much in life and I will continue to give all that I have in return as long as I am able. If I don’t know you yet, please message me or leave me a comment here. We are friends yet to have met!
Just wait – I’ve got so much up my sleeve! We’re going to take things with our (yes, OUR) apples to the next level.
Hang on y’all – we’re going on a big, glorious, sparkly RIDE! I hope you come along.
Until tomorrow. (did I just say that?)