Do you remember the childhood game, sitting in a circle and it started like this: you would be sitting cross-legged, and everyone would clap/slap their legs in sync. Then someone would start – NOT ME? IF NOT ME, WHO? And then you would say someone’s name in the group and they would repeat it, going around the circle, until everyone got confused or crazy laughing and it broke it up.
But the words “If NOT ME, THEN WHO?” have stuck with me this week. It is hard to stand up at times for what you believe in. But if you DON’T stand up, WHO WILL? The old feelings from being a kid come back “what if they don’t like me, or what if they don’t agree, or what if they won’t include me?” Theyall come flooding back.
Then I put my big girl Carhart Alaska thermal bibs on and say: IF NOT ME? WHO?
So, I did it. I have been asked round and round from media and others to share my story of how the Affordable Care Act has or will affect me, after the 11 battles with cancer, the brain bleed, and all the bionics from being hit by a drunk driver, much less the exposure to DES, plus the chemo-after effects. I am so tired. I am so weary. BUT, as have said before, yes, I will be willing. So, as unpopular as my take may be, and my true friends agree that we can agree to disagree and not venture ‘too far’ into each other’s differing belief systems :0) I have taken the step.
it’s like the Instigator Experience – if we each weren’t bold enough to take the unknown step, to see what we can become and/or become more of, then who is going to do it? Who is going to make this country different, better, and maybe, just maybe, a different way to look at things.
So – if not YOU, WHO?
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.