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I emailed my readers asking for help, but I realized I’ve been changing lives instead

Richard

 

What a crazy week it has been! 

Okay let me cut straight to it:

A few days ago, I was feeling all kinds of fucked up and decided to email all my readers for help. I wanted their opinions and shit so I can have an idea of where I should go next.

Amidst all the suggestions, one reply stood out, by Richard. 

Richard replied me with the above picture of himself and explained to me how he’s recovering from massive brain damage after being hit by a car. Worse, the asshole of a driver who ran the stop sign wants to sue him for damaging his car. His doctors were ready to give up on him and called his family to come say goodbye. His family, being awesome, refused and saved his life instead.

He also said he always looked forward to my articles and emails.

And lastly, he said, “You are special, important and valuable to me. You’ve a lot to look forward to; count on it”. 

God damn. Got me right there. Certainly got way more than I expected.

I asked Richard the following questions: How do you find the strength to continue on with life? How do you find the positivity despite all that’s going on with your life? 

His answer:

“The center of a circle is only that point equally distant from the every point on the circumference. The same rule applies to a sphere. From my point in the universe, every direction stretches infinitely. If I am at the point equally distant in every direction, then I must be the center of the universe. That is a blessing and I am entitled to the respect, honor, and concern that being the center of the universe implies. And so does everyone else.

 I have no ultimate control over what I have. It may have been earned, inheritance or just dumb luck. If I had been born 5000 years ago in the Amazon River basin, my life would have been much different. And what I now have can be taken by the government, criminals, and even family and friends. I can only control what I give. I measure everyone by their gifts, emotional and physical. I find a man who has nothing and gives everything so much more attractive than one who has everything and gives nothing.

I have only one thing that no one can take: my integrity.

It really has been a challenging period of my life. I walk daily and take pictures of butterflies and you should see the smile on my face when I find pennies on the ground!

So how do I find the strength? My integrity is intact, I give as much as I can, and I treat everyone with the honor and respect that they deserve as the center of the universe. Thank you for asking.”

I think that was fucking amazing.

I can’t imagine going through the same shit. One of my greatest fears is to lose a bodily function permanently as that would mean losing several passions in life.

I really hope you can get something out of this.

I did.

I was feeling pretty down for still not being able to take in a proper income from this blog, hence the email.

I ain’t gonna be all cliché and be like, “If you think you have it bad, someone else has it worse”.

That is probably true. But the way I see it now… If you always think you have it bad… you most likely miss the point. 

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If anyone wants to contact Richard, feel free to hit me up alden@alden-tan.com. He’s a pretty cool guy and I’m sure he’s willing to share his inspiration with everybody.

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6 comments

  1. Winsky - October 29, 2013 10:17 am

    What a beautiful man!!!!
    Richard your story gives life perspective… fantastic, amazing, inspirational… May the centre of your universe remain unique and amazing just like you, and thank you for reminding us how important every single one of us are…

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  2. Nick - October 29, 2013 6:50 pm

    That is just an amazing story, it’s crazy to think how connected we all are, and what an impact we can make on others.

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  3. jamie flexman - October 30, 2013 4:01 pm

    It just goes to show, you never know who reads your articles and what it may mean to them. I love it when I receive inspiring emails, but I’ve yet to receive one like the one from Richard!

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  4. Divya - January 14, 2014 6:25 am

    Hey Richard….hats off to you. Your words are really unique and so are you. I really pray you get well soon….People like me who give up really fast on life really need your valuable inspiration. God bless you till eternity..

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    • alden - January 14, 2014 8:15 pm

      Thanks for helping to inspire him too Divya!

      Reply
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