One of my Facebook friends died this week. That’s what she was, an online friend. I never met her and only connected with her through mutual friends. The main thing we had in common was the similarity of our last names – then she went and got married and ruined that LOL I know we disagreed with many things politically, but we were adults so were never let something like that spoil the fun.
I’ve been wondering if I had anything to say about it – or if I should even try. Though I didn’t know her well, I know her death leaves a giant hole in many lives. And a giant question mark. She was feeling ill all weekend but didn’t think she needed to visit the ER; she stayed home from work, went to bed, and never woke up. I don’t know if there will be any type of autopsy; though an explanation may bring a small amount of closure it would likely bring little comfort. She had really only just begun her happily ever after, and now her husband is left without her.
Remember how fragile life is. Tell those you love how much they mean to you, and tell them often. Think about the last thing you said to someone – what if that was the very last thing you could ever say?
What if your friend went to sleep and never woke up?
Why the backlash against the Ice Bucket Challenge?
It amazes me the number of people smugly condemning the #ALSicebucketchallenge, especially when most of them clearly have no understanding of what it is – and certainly can’t be bothered to watch one, or read about them, to get the truth.
It isn’t about “narcissism”, it is a fun gimmick that promotes awareness AND fundraising. ($53 million so far) With that amazing boost in capital, The ALS Association can fund not only research, but offer even more help & support to those affected by the disease. That is awesome. Why in the world would you want to dump your negativity on something so positive?
Also irritating (at least to me) are they people who posted cryptic statuses (“black lace”, “pink” – as in the color of their bra, for breast cancer awareness, or “I like it on the counter”, “I like it near the door” – as in where they leave their purse, for ??? awareness) and figured that was activism, but somehow the viral sensation that has resulted in such generosity is “just self-aggrandizing millennials”. Hogwash. The demographic is much larger than that and the money is coming in. Even if it were just a bunch of selfie-taking kids, who cares – it is still working.
I have friends who have lost, and friends who are losing, loved ones to this awful disease. In their honor I did the challenge – which also involves donating money – and in their honor I ask that you consider doing the same. If ALS is not a cause that speaks to you, make that donation to a charity that does.