And NEITHER should YOU.
It’s easy for the disabled blogger to say, who has more time on their hands, than most people, that while the last 24 hours have been horrific, with the Las Vegas Massacre and now, Tom Petty’s passing, to honor those we love and lose, to find something to believe in and advocate for it.
As well as learn from it.
IF you believe in stricter gun control (if you’ve read previous blogs of mine, it’s NOT that I don’t believe in it, I most definitely do. I just don’t think it’s enough) in murder/and/or suicide prevention, advocate for that.
IF you believe that we need more medical advocacy and education about cardiac arrest, heart attack and heart disease, learn what’s needed, when there could be warning signs (and sometimes, there isn’t 😦 , to feel less helpless.
Learn and get certified in emergency first aid, if you can. But it’s not you’re fault if someone dies and you didn’t know it.
If you’re like me and have let your certification lapse, you can still learn how to respond in an emergency, as the American Heart Association has videos on CPR and AED, for adult, child and infant emergency response, if you don’t have the money or the time to attend certification classes.
There are samaritan laws that will protect you, for trying in good faith, to save a life. If that’s a fear, in not learning emergency responses.
In my case, where I forgot due to disabilities, on the difference between cardiac arrest and heart attack, educate yourself first, with that, so you can try and respond with the appropriate emergency rescue technique.
The same with other type of first responder emergencies, such as how to help stop bleeding from a gunshot or a stabbing can also be found on You Tube.
As well as choking and many forms of first aid.
As well as there’s many forms of medical/mental health issues that one can be passionate about to bring about awareness, that might save a life.
But realize, it can’t always save a life/lives and sadly it’s no one’s fault.
While in the midst of horrific tragedy, with the Las Vegas Massacre we saw amazing bravery and heroic behavior.
But know that it doesn’t make anyone less of a human being, if they have multiple reasons for not wanting to give up their life to save another.
It can just help learning proper techniques to save a life, to feel less helpless, in a world that can feel so unsafe and unsettling, at times.
Donate if you have the resources to the less fortunate, in whatever causes you believe in.
But don’t feel bad if you don’t have anything to give and are just trying to get by, whether it be medically, financially and mentally or combination there of.
Ask for help when you need it. But because of above reasons, realize some people may not have it in them, for multiple reasons to give.
Keep trying though. And tell your story, it could possibly help someone and it’s not at your expense emotionally, financially and/or mentally.
When/If you’re ready to. But it’s okay, if you’re not.
While I started this blog with what I thought was the most unrelatable life story, EVER, I did find people that it help, in my hopes, that it would remove stigma and people would get the help they need.
And it has helped others enormously, as it helped save lives, as well as prove to me, that even though we can be put in awful situations (I’m in NO way comparing myself to anyone who died or lived through yesterday’s horrific tragedy and their loved ones) and greater good can come out of it.
Finding things to believe in and trying to help others, if you can, doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t fall down, yourself.
No one, is superhuman strong all the time.
If there is ANY positive to the last 24 hours, in addition to the heroic and bravery we saw with the victims of the massacre and with Tom Petty’s passing, that they all did what they loved, were amazing human beings and lived life to the fullest, the best they could, until their untimely passing.
Tell people you love and care about them, everyday. You never know when that opportunity will be taken away.
But life can’t be lived in constant fear. We had some have the best people teach us that, today, if not for the last month and years.
So most of us will all fall down, sometime in our lives. You can still live the best life that you’re capable of, by standing up for what you believe in. And what those who you love and care about, believe in.
And not ever backing down, in what is a good fight. And fight but live with light, when you can, not just for yourself, but those you love.
That’s how love triumphs over evil. That’s how love prevails in loss of loved ones, that can’t be prevented.
Every. Single. Time.
In everyone of us that is lit from within. Which all good people, even those who are quite flawed, like me, find positive purpose helps make it to the next day with resiliance. Even when there’s grief and sadness that we as humans, experience.
So don’t ever back down, in what you believe in. Stand your ground. And remember there’s ALWAYS something to believe in, that’s positive, that will get you to the next day, even in our darkest days.
Note: Unfortunately with my disability sets, while I can find videos on how to perform live saving techniques, from AHA or and other reputable certified organizations, I can’t link them, as I’m left to a tablet and can’t copy and paste links, since my laptop battery died.
IF anyone wants to do that in the comment section of this blog, I’d really appreciate it.
I’d also appreciate it, if this blog is not relatable and one doesn’t have constructive advice on how to improve it, to please keep it to yourself.
Now, I’m going to find solace, like I have been for decades in Tom Petty’s music, either as a solo artist, with the Heartbreakers and The Traveling Wilburys.
(edit note: I wish this didn’t have to be said. However I was horrified when I went on Twitter to manually link this blog. There’s a fine line in fighting a good fight in what one believes in and becoming a hater and/or bully in the process. Kinda like that ole adage goes, but “lisafied”.
Fighting and hating for peace or a more peaceful resolution, makes about as much sense as “screwing for viginity”)