Having dealt with many difficult situations in my 42 years, I have had to rely on the kindness of strangers more than once, just to survive. Those kindnesses are what have kept me grounded, and what eventually led me to exist in a more humanistic style of thinking.
I have met some of the most amazing people, and some of the most horrible of humans while walking a very rocky path. Some will give, when they have nothing but their time. Some will take when they have the world at their feet. This path has led me to meeting the most amazing person I have ever known. His name is Ryan.
Ryan has had a difficult life, as well. For lack of better phrasing, he is a kindred soul. The tenacity and drive with which he fights to make himself a better person is both truly amazing and an inspiration. For all his self-perceived flaws, he is a beautiful human being. He is also sometimes an unpleasant reminder of just how much work I have to do on myself. As I have repeatedly told him, he is light years ahead of where I am, but a beacon for where I want to be.
It is often difficult for me to show love and appreciation to people because of the abuses religion, and the religious, have subjected me to over the years. I fear that I often fail him in this regard. And yet, he remains by my side. Things have been excessively difficult since finding the lump in my chest. Through all the tests and doctors appointments, and struggling to find the money to cover the costs, he has given of himself everything he has, including the time and energy to help me set up a GFM to help with my medical costs, which I am linking below.
How do you repay LIFE and HOPE to someone? Somehow, I will find a way.
Some people want to watch the world burn. And then sometimes, you find that beautiful gem that just wants to make the world a better place.
Thank you Ryan.. For being both my light.. and my hope.
To all who have donated, there are not enough words to truly express how grateful I am for each of you.
Just be good. The world will follow.