Away from the Epicenter: Brief Musings on Support Systems
I just read a Q&A featuring a guy with a severe neurological disease. After being asked what motivated him to preserve his particularly optimistic outlook on life, he credited his support network of friends and family.
And he described in about a single sentence what I find so difficult to eloquently express—the foundation for a support system. His support network makes him feel as though he is a PART of the network; not the sole reason it exists.
I just thought that was so perfectly said. It’s about being a part of something bigger, greater, stronger than the mental/physical anguish of disease (or whatever challenge life throws at you), and not being the epicenter, but rather an integral pillar helping to hold each other up all at once. In his network, he is not his disease.
What a beautiful thing to be a part of. We should all be so lucky to find that, don’t you think?