In the morning I ran into one of the achievers on the shuttle and realized that public transportation is the way he gets around. I started to wonder why his family doesn’t just take him and I thought it may be because he wants to be independent. Later on, I was invited by him to attend a seminar (happening as I write this post, I feel awful that I can’t go because I’m too scared to take the public transit. I really would go though. I guess it’s one of those thing that if it’s convenient for me, I’m a terrible person.) with him. His invitation was thoughtful because he wanted me to learn more and even try to sell it by saying dinner is included. It broke my heart to think why he would invite me, why doesn’t someone from his family go with him? I’m not sure what his situation is, but I began to wonder if he has anyone in his family that is supporting him. Maybe it’s what I’m learning in class, but having a support system in times of hardships is inexplicably beneficial and great. Just the knowing that there is someone to care for you and love you is enough to get you going.
It makes me realize how great centers like these exist. They allow people to join a community of people who care and allow them to continue living a normal and fun life. Interactions with other human beings are what we strive on to live. Without that, life gets too lonely. Every week I come and interact with these people, I learn more about life and why it’s worth fighting for. I learn more about how to be happy and to be okay with some things and not be okay with not living how I should.