Today is another 'twofer' - "A picture that motivates you to do more" and the second, "A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most."
I'll address the second one first. (You know how it is, marching to the beat of a different drummer 'n' all.)
There are a couple items in a similar vein on the list - "A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest" ... "A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without" ... "A picture of your closest friend" ...
I don't necessarily have pictures of some people who might 'fill the bill' for a couple of these. And just as there's overlap in the assignments themselves, so too is there overlap in terms of people.
As far as 'the person who has gotten you through the most' - well, depends on so many factors. How do you define it?
When my first marriage hit the rocks, there were some friends who were super supportive of me. After my father had a heart attack - in Florida, while I was in Pennsylvania - friends rallied around and helped me with everything from keeping the kids for a few days to lending me luggage to giving me a lift to the airport. More friends were on hand when I needed help cleaning out the house and moving things to the storage unit and so forth, in preparation for moving to the UK.
So I don't know that there's been ONE person who has gotten me through the most. I suppose in some ways I could adapt this item to be "A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most recently."
Yes. I can do that:
You Faithful Readers know Himself when you see him, doncha?
Now to part one.
"A picture that motivates you to do more."
That strikes me as kind of vague. Do more - what? Do more exercise? Do more volunteer work? Do more anything? Everything?
I kicked this around off and on today. A while back I read a news article about people living longer. The first paragraph says "Somewhere among us is a 60-year-old woman who has just started drawing her pension... And here's the good news: she's only halfway through her life, and she could be you."
The article is titled "Will you live to 120?"
Then there was this one - a 100-year-old woman who practices pilates! She looks great, sounds sharp, and might just go right on until she's 120.
That's only from a month ago. Does she look 100 to you? Nah, me either.
I've blogged before about my maternal grandmother, who was 96 when she died. We had plans, she and I, for celebrating her 100th birthday - you know, a greeting card from the White House, Willard Scott announcing it on The Today Show, all that.
It broke my heart that she didn't make it. She so wanted it! Then I more or less dismissed it. It wasn't MY dream, it was HERS.
But those articles, and this query, have really got me thinking. Why not take up the flag? Why not see if I can live to be 100, in decent health, with all my faculties?
Of course, the negative side of my brain immediately started telling me all the reasons it would be foolish to even think such a thing. I smoked for years, I have diabetes and hypertension, blah blah blah.
And I decided to ignore the wrong side. I turned off the negative, lit a fire under the positive, and went scouting around for a picture that would capture this new-found desire to live a long and productive life.
Who better to illustrate the motivation than my grandmother?
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!