Just Do It

The sun is setting earlier, and the shadows are getting longer. Competition for benches in the sun on the Common steps up (though, it’s not exactly frenetic). The one where the warmth will last the longest has one occupant already. 

I wander over, and sit down. ‘What’s your story?’ I tell her. She has cancer, complications, ex and son 3,000 miles away, tricky situation on this side of the Pond as well. She cries. I reach out for this stranger’s hand. It is welcomed. Twenty minutes which might have made a difference.

We share experiences. Victims? I hope not, but some common understanding.

In our busy lives we can rush by the person on the bench. 

Chance encounters are like the moment when a great song is played on the radio; an unexpected bonus, not planned. They can be fun, they can fill a void, they can be uplifting.

I hope it’s still ok to sit next to strangers. 

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

One thought to “Just Do It”

  1. Thanks for these writings Andrew. They are a great reminder to all of us about what is important. The gang back here in VF-US are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You’re an inspiration for all of us. -Steve W.

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