Have you ever had one of those ideas…
It creeps in, a silly, stray thought. It latches onto something. It tugs at your brain and suddenly you can’t stop thinking about it and it just gets bigger, and twirls faster, and you just know it’s something the universe meant for you to do?
If you haven’t, just humor me for a moment.
But I bet you have.
You heard me. Go here.
Ok 1)You didn’t go yet because you want to finish reading here first, or 2)You went there and then came back to finish reading, or 3)Linking is somehow bizarrely broken on your web browser at the moment.
Those three circumstances are all fine. But if #3 is the problem, please call tech support. Your average 11-year-old should do nicely.
So I have decided to spend a year raising money for the American Stroke Association by way of making you all play and have a good time because you should be doing that REGULARLY but I know you aren’t and don’t lie to me and try and pretend that you really are.
I will explain now, and I will probably cry…because writing some of the things I wrote for the Project: Purse and Boots blog made me cry.
I work in adult rehab. I have seen stroke…destroy lives. I have seen people choose to die because they did not want to live with the damage they’d suffered. I watched my grandmother fight her way back from it, and watched it take away the ground on which my dad stood.
I have also spent a lot of my time as woman, wife and mother, trying to get people to take good care of themselves, take time for themselves, to connect and build ties. People with strong friend and family relationships live longer. People who engage in regular recreation live longer.
And yet we DON’T. Not without a reason.
I am giving you a reason. I am begging and pleading with you to use this as a reason because I want you to take every opportunity that presents itself to you to play, to laugh, to give and receive love.
And while you do that, I am going to find organizations that will donate money to find a way to prevent stroke and heart disease on behalf of people taking a night to celebrate themselves and care for themselves.
Please Tweet this, blog this, and most of all…Sign up to Host the Purse!
You’ll have fun. And save some lives.
For a year, I pledge to celebrate the women (and men!) I love – whether or not we have ever met – by getting them to spend a few hours in laughter and play while raising money to fight one of the diseases that scares me the most.
I hope you will come with me while I do this.
We are always so much stronger – and so much greater – when we are together.