Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tune In Tuesday: Time of your Life - Greenday

This morning my bff LMH called to tell me that a man that I had worked with for years was found dead in his home.  Unfortunately, not many bothered to express any form of sadness.  You see, Sheldon was neurologically atypical.  He had the habit of repeating the same stories and then laughing way too loud.  He also twitched repeatedly.   He was often subject to disableism.  In truth, the man did not have a mean bone in his entire body and from what I could tell, he really enjoyed life.  He always had a smile on his face despite the negative that was thrown at him everyday because people did not have the decency to display a few moments of patience.  From Sheldon I learned that no matter how tolerant we tell ourselves that we are about difference, when it comes to disability, we see it as inconvenience ( note: I met Sheldon years before becoming disabled). For far too many, Sheldon was seen as an inconvenience simply because he was neurologically atypical and now as he lays dead, these same people can barely offer any condolences.  It breaks my heart really.   He was a person and he mattered. Today, I shall think of some of the ridiculous stories that he told me and his sweet smile..  Sheldon, I will remember you and your ability to smile in the face of such naked intolerance.

I Hope You Had The Time Of Your Life

Another turning point;
a fork stuck in the road.
Time grabs you by the wrist;
directs you where to go.
So make the best of this test
and don't ask why.
It's not a question
but a lesson learned in time.
It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
So take the photographs
and still frames in your mind.
Hang it on a shelf
In good health and good time.
Tattoos of memories
and dead skin on trial.
For what it's worth,
it was worth all the while.
It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
(music break)
It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
It's something unpredictable
but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.