Spring! A time of renewal. Flowers bloom, sending their floral scents into the air; animals awaken from a long winter slumber and newborns take in their first breath. The earth awakens, “springing” into beautiful, colorful life again.
Spring takes everything old and makes it new again . . . or so it seems.
Just Imagine if we could do that with our brains? Our bodies? Our Society? Imagine developing a mental or physical illness in the Summer, Fall or Winter, then going through a transformation or renewal, come Spring. Everything would be new again.
Just Imagine awakening to a world with no hatred, violence, hunger or poverty.
John Lennon had it right when he penned the words:
“Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.
No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.
You may say I’m a dreamer.
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us.
And the world will be as one.”
How I wish this were true. In a perfect world, it would be, but we all know perfection is hard to come by.
Just Imagine if I awoke this morning and I would have been mentally renewed. Instead, I woke up and had no idea what day it was. I had no idea the season had changed. I didn’t know what happened yesterday or the day before for that matter.
Just Imagine if everyone who has Alzheimer’s or other Dementia-Related Illnesses woke up tomorrow morning and there was a cure or a way to stop the progression or a way to prevent this disease? What a day that would be.
Unfortunately, I know this will not happen tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. I still have the wherewithal to know a cure will not be found in my lifetime, but it doesn’t stop me from advocating.
It didn’t stop me from advocating when I went to Tallahassee to speak to our FL Legislators regarding state funding for our aging population.
It’s not going to stop me from advocating when I go to DC in April to speak to our Congressional Leaders about funding additional dollars for research.
It’s not going to stop me from advocating at my next presentation, whether it be 1 or 1000.
You see, I advocate for the next generation, for those individuals who come after me, in hopes a cure will be found for them.
Until then, I will continue to . . . Just Imagine.