I recently acknowledged a little personal anniversary – it’s five years since I was first published as a writer. That’s big for me, and I realise that it took a strange mix of good timing, fortuitous friends and hard work to make it happen.
And when there’s hard work involved, it’s important to be inspired towards your goal. For me, that inspiration comes from the people around me. The people who are in my life are…well… this is some insight into one of them.
I love people who step out of line because they are driven towards making a real change in the world around them. I am inspired by people who take things on, unafraid, and are thrilled by the challenge. I know someone who will – happily and without fear – go to the ends of the Earth, back again, visit the sun, and then pop right back home to bake a brownie or two, just to help someone.
And that’s why I want to talk about my friend, Jos. She steps out of line, every day. Many people, when they are confronted with the largeness of the world, and the iterations of pain that are strewn across our planet, would shy away and retract their glance. They’d feel futile.
But…not Jos. Jos takes on every challenge, has no fear when she needs to do something, and will take on every day with a smile. I know her best by her laughter, and that sweet sound that echoes through the phone or from across the dinner table doesn’t remind me of all she’s done. It reminds me of all she is. She is an incredible friend, an undefeatable Aunt and she is a human, first, for everyone.
She is that human who will go to the ends of the Earth, back again, visit the sun, and then pop back home to bake a brownie or two. There is nothing that frightens her, and she runs on love. Jos starts every day of her life with a sunrise on the beach. And when she shakes off the ocean’s water, she goes off into the world and devotes her energies to helping people who need it the most.
Jos steps out of line every day of her life. And I am so privileged to know her.