I was going to post this on Facebook, and tag each of you, but that seemed a little attention seeking and I don’t know who your friends are or what they might think… Then I thought of addressing you but not tagging you, but that too seemed a little attention seeking and I’m still not sure I want this to be to you in a specific way. For some reason, that just doesn’t seem right.
I did want to say something to all three of you though… I want to say thank you.
See, today I went to volunteer for an organisation, and they require two referee’s… At first I thought “it’s been a while since I’ve done the “Better Access Campaign” and my reference from the leader of that campaign is a little old – plus it’s a reference and not a referee – he may not even remember me these days!”
Then I thought (admittedly, after a while), “hang on, I do know of a few people who I have helped over the past few years, and who I am still friends with, and one of whom I still help from time to time when my family obligations allow…” And that is the three of you. So if it is ok with you, I will put your names down as referees… Don’t worry, I will ask in person first… If I decide to go ahead with this volunteer thing – I’m still wondering if I can actually take it on with all the crap going on at the moment at home, which along with my studies, is taking up most of my time and energy.
I also thought though that I wanted to thank you. I wanted to thank you for doing what I one day hoped to do yet never could, which is found a movement which actually makes a difference. I’m going to be completely presumptuous and thank you on behalf of all the people you help with your efforts, whether that be advocacy, or on the ground physical help, or whatever it is you are doing to help your community.
You are three of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I’m so incredibly proud to call you all my friends.
I want to thank you too for allowing me to help in whatever capacity I can, without any guilt trips when I can’t live up to doing what I feel I should. I want you to know that I hate the fact that I can’t make any firm commitments. It kills me, and so the fact that none of you have ever even mentioned my backing off my “duties” means the world to me.
So in short – thank you for just being awesome. You all rock this world, and you all make it a much better place to live in. I hope you see in yourselves what the rest of us see in you.