New kid? I think I’m starting to show my age with a title like that!
80’s baby, oh yeah!
Music references aside – although it’s technically New Kids, not New Kid, but whatever – change is coming.
If I had any poetic or flowery literary talent whatsoever, I could evoke powerful imagery as to what the change looks like and represents.
But alas, I don’t, so my basic description will have to suffice:
There is a new kid in town. Or on the block. Basically wherever ‘here’ is. The new kid brings the excitement of change. New energy and all that associated change-related stuff.
There! Mission Accomplished!
But before we talk about The Change and The New Kid On The Block, a teeny weeny bit of back story is necessitated.
I’ll keep it brief, as a) people scroll blogs at the best of times and I dare not bore you; and b) the full story isn’t mine to tell.
The Challenge Stick has certainly been passed around my family.
We seem to carry it like a faithful dog with its favourite stick.
BUT, as a small excerpt from a text shared from my Dad to my brother last week:
“MUM AND I ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE 2 KIDS WHO ARE INSPIRATIONAL IN THE WAY YOU HAVE DEALT WITH AND ARE DEALING WITH YOUR DISEASES. WE JUST WISH YOU WEREN’T MEDICAL DUDS, BUT HEY, THEN WE MIGHT NOT HAVE LEARNT HOW INSPIRATIONAL, STRONG AND BRAVE YOU ARE.”
~ Len Hogan
A direct complement, a nice dose of back-handed humour/a slap and a complement to close.
Thanks Dad, you’ve nailed the performance appraisal with your balanced feedback!
100% kid hit rate. Two chronic autoimmune conditions. One kid 14 years in post-diagnosis, the other 9 years.
One kid exponentially exacerbating the parental grey hairs over the past 3 weeks as his illness reached a critical tipping point.
The same kid owning that tipping point and making an empowered decision with an attitude that belies the magnitude of the challenges he is currently experiencing.
Little – he’s nearly 33 but will always be little to me – Brother.
You’ve certainly imparted the gift of patience to all of us closest to you as you danced away from well-intentioned advice to march to the beat of your own drum.
We may not have understood it, or agreed with, some of the decisions you made over the years when it’s come to your health, but they are exactly that: YOUR decisions, for a life that is yours, not ours, and a mind and body that only YOU have the ultimate power and know-how over.
How presumptuous of us to ever begin to assume that our way is the best way; you knew that there was more than one way to scale that mountain.
Around, under, through, over – the path is yours to choose and find the way that is right for you.
And so you did.
I’ve witnessed you transform from the classic ‘bury-head-in-sand’ persona to taking total accountability for your health and where you are at right now.
A transcendental experience at a recent one-day Joe Dispenza event in Sydney really brought it to the forefront for you.
You were, ARE, visibly different, with a reframed mindset and outlook on life.
As an outsider looking in, it seems you are finally giving yourself permission.
Dream bigger and brighter than you have ever dared before.
Allow yourself to explore untapped potential that has always been within you.
Judge and find yourself worthy of living a great life.
Know that you have the power and ability to positively impact so many people with your story.
Be a much-needed voice that sheds light on the stigma of a young male with chronic bowel disease and the courage to make that one decision you never want to have to make.
“YOUR TIME AS A CATERPILLAR HAS EXPIRED. YOUR WINGS ARE READY.”
Time to use those wings and fly, dear brother. Time to SOAR!
A New Kid On The Block Is Here
And he’s almost as mighty with the pen as I am, a skill we both aren’t too sure where it came from, haha!
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