Warning signs can be misleading.
Don’t Look Back
The Times They Are A-Changing
Slow Train Coming
On my way to Cape Cod, nine years ago, I tried to memorise Forever Young.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
I needed to keep my mind busy. And I thought this might be the way that I was going to remember Pádraig. Forever Young.
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
Last week, Pádraig and I went to see Girl from the North Country, a musical written by an Irish writer featuring the music of Bob Dylan, performed in a calm, very melodic, artistic way.
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
Pádraig, luckily, did not stay Forever Young. He is getting older. As we all are.
This last week, he started to play music again supported by two pretty good music therapists and some helpers.
Yesterday, we had our dinner al fresco. After all, it’s summer.
I have moments when I don’t understand the world. I have moments, when I feel like I should try to wake everybody up and shout at their face: “are you for real”?
But I should look forward, enjoy the time we have and make the best of it. Whoever is around and wants to make life difficult – they’ll give up eventually. And if they don’t, we’ll just let them keep doing what they do, without paying any attention to them.
What happened to Pádraig and us has to be told one day, just so that people can see how crazy the world can be. And how a person can leave all that craziness behind and be, Let it be.
It’ll be more for entertainment than for defence, or attack, or revenge.
Someone last week asked me about the values of An Saol. Our values.
They are: community, autonomy, and healthy living. – No room for competition, no room for telling us what is in our ‘best interest’, no room for lying in bed and getting worse every day. We know that we have to help each other, that we have to take responsibility for what is happening to us instead of blaming others for it, and we know that we need to stay active unless we want to get sick and die.
Some warning signs are ill placed. We gotta do what we gotta to do. And not be scared to do it.
Think about it.