Living Life... which is Uniquely Mine
I have started and stopped writing this blog a number of times over the past couple of days. Everything I was writing felt disconnected, forced and/or uninspired. So now, it is Tuesday morning – I’ve thrown out all my drafts and I’ve decided to just write from the heart.
I was asked a long time ago to write my life story but I have resisted – saying that no one would believe it if I wrote it down! I’d have to write it as fiction. But last week I started to do just that – write about my life – and it left me feeling physically drained.
I have lived (or perhaps survived is a better word), an interesting and somewhat disenchanted life.
From domestic violence to death threats – now there’s a working title worth remembering – I have experienced things I would not wish on anyone.
But I would honestly not change a lot (I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t change anything) because the combination of my experiences have made me who I am today. They give me a unique voice and a unique place in the world which I am seeking to use to uphold the dignity of life and the common good.
We each have a unique role to play which is informed by our life story. So I pause this morning to find inspiration outside of my own life story.
I have long been inspired by William Wilberforce who could have comfortably sat in Parliament for decades, enjoying the status and quietly going about his enjoying his life. Instead, he used his unique position to campaign relentlessly against slavery.
I am also inspired by Joseph Russell, year 12 school captain at Blackfriars Priory School, who wrote the following letter to MPs about the upcoming abortion debate in South Australia:
From: Joseph Russell
Regarding: The Abortion bill
My name is Joseph Russell. I am a student at Blackfriars Priory School in Year 12. I have Down Syndrome. I am 18 years old.
Last week in Religion Studies we talked about abortion and that it is wrong to kill babies in their mother’s womb.
In some countries there are not many people like me anymore because of abortion. That makes me very sad.
Please do not vote for this law.
Instead of staying quiet and going about his life comfortably, Joseph Russell used his unique voice to stand up for babies and to express his horror that people with Down Syndrome are disappearing around the world because of legislation like the one being proposed in his home state.
Don’t ever be embarrassed by, or hide from your past or present circumstances. This is part of who you are – they makes you “uniquely you”.
This week, let us celebrate what makes each of us “uniquely me”.