“Help! I need somebody
Help! Not just anybody
Help! You know I need someone
In 1965 John Lennon was credited for writing the lyrics to a song titled Help! I was 5 years old, I am part of the tail end of the baby boomer era. The words to this song have become a reality in my life.
“(When) When I was younger (When I was young) so much younger than today
(I never need) I never needed anybody’s help in any way
(Now) But now these days are gone (These days are gone) and I’m not so self assured
(And now I find) Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors”
Age 49 was the turning point for me when I opened up the door to my home and my heart to accept help from those around me. Up until that point, I was invincible and had life all figured out. A benign tumor on my cervical spine, an arachnoid cyst on C7 and a Parkinson’s diagnosis all within two years brought me to my knees and singing “Help.” I call my three diagnoses “my trifecta.”
The past 7 years have been “a hard day’s night” and I should be sleeping like a dog (Beatles), but Parkinson’s doesn’t let you sleep, so I write. At 4 am, I write. Hoping that this may be the “help” that you need and that we can find each other. Are you out there? What has brought you to your knees calling help or are you still in the invincible stage of life?
I have found this place called Rock Steady Boxing, and I have fully embraced this activity to fight my disease, but the boxing is only partly what helps. “I have found somebody, not just anybody (Beatles) I have found people who understand, who “want to hold my hand. (Beatles again). I have found that if we share with each other we can “Beat it!” (sorry, that was a little Michael Jackson)
The older I get, the more the lines between who is different from me fade in so many ways. I just know that we need to look beyond the surface and know that we all need help and to help each other in some way. We need each other. So, are you out there? Do you have words of wisdom from your life story that can help me and others? That is what my blog is about, coming together to offer hope and encouragement.
Cause “all you need is love, da da da da da da, all you need is love, da da da da da, all you need is love, love, Love Is All You Need!” (I know, enough of the Beatles)
Help! I need somebody!