“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci
I would like to clarify that when I use the phrase “people of accomplishment”, it is not intended to portray a people whom have reached a goal and are complacent. I like to see it as a group of people whom go out, question, deliberate, get involved, seek answers, but that don’t wait around for someone, somewhere, somehow, someday, to ask them to get things done. There is an inner drive to “happen to things”.
In the context of a person living with an incurable disease, the sense of urgency is a bit stronger, and we can’t afford to spend idle time waiting for things to happen to us. In reality, the other shoe has dropped in our case, something has happened to us, and we need to focus our attention on “happening to things”. Let me explain.
I have great and lofty goals for getting rid of Parkinson’s Disease, once and for all. The suffering that people endure, both physically and mentally, in all parts of the world should not have to be endured if the focus of our attention is to relieve the suffering, finding a cure, if you will.
How exactly does this happen? What are the limitations? Why has more not been done up to now? The answer lies in each and every one of us, whether living with Parkinson’s Disease, being a caregiver, allied health professional, clinician, researcher, and anyone else interested in helping out the cause. Waiting for someone else to do something for us will never accomplish the goal. We need to find what we are capable of doing, and focus on doing it well, for the betterment of the PD community.