I recently watched the film about the life of Aaron Swartz (The Internet’s Own Boy). He lived his life by not accepting things as they are, and by challenging everything. It seems to me that many people who do this are seen as outcasts or indeed prosecuted. He lived his whole life this way, a great example to all of us. I cannot begin to tell you the number of comments I have had about sending our children to a Steiner school. It’s just one example. Looking back, typically a pointless exercise, I wish I had challenged more; I’ll do it now. It’s really important that our children don’t see the government, experts and officials as always right.
We visited the Ashridge estate this week; a place we have been to almost continuously since 2007. Strollers, bikes, running, hiking, climbing on the trees, releasing a mouse into the snow; so many memories. Perhaps not surprisingly that Jane and I both cried as we went along a familiar trail.
Tears flow at home as we grieve the situation; everyone is busy doing their thing, quite right, but times come of reflection.
We’ve crossed this bridge so many times; I liked this view as it showed a way forward. How will that be? How will I make it be?
I met Charlie in November; we had a great chat. He goes to Portsmouth grammar school. He organised a netball match between the girls netball team and the boys rugby team; they kindly donated the proceeds of the match to us. Apparently, the girls won 7-6, and everything was done totally fairly….. We made a movie of our life which was shown to the school; that’s great. Thank you to Charlie and everyone.
I guess you know it already, but we need to rely on ourselves and the people we know; I sleep better at night because of a clever elasticated system to keep my duvet on; I can be helped easier of my chair due to a custom-made platform. Don’t get the platform said the OT; the chair could fall. Yes, let’s be really careful about always listening to the experts. A Vodafone colleague who always told me “don’t take no for an answer “. The Spanish say “ya tienes el no”. I guess it’s all about not accepting things as they are in fighting your corner. Aaron, respect.