Not so long ago, I met a wonderful woman online called Minna Packer after she joined Dementia Alliance International. She definitely seemed to be struggling with having been diagnosed with dementia, and I remember that very dark place only too well. Minna inspires me, and I’m now pleased to say, has, perhaps without realising it, encouraged me to look outside of my box (again).
I used to think I was a person who saw the glass as half full, as opposed to half empty, but the last few years, I realise I am neither of those, but rather, a person who refills the glass, when it feels like half empty OR half full. These days, I work hard to refill it. And I have refused to go home and die quietly from dementia too. Why on earth would I not want to live with it as positively as possible?
So, how lucky am I to have met Minna! Oh, and that therefore means lucky to have dementia, as if I didn’t, we would not have met… Minna has knowledge about art and other creative things, that currently make little sense to me, and I feel delighted she is teaching me so much more about the arts through her blogs. She introduced me to this video, rather perfectly, like this:
“This is a video of a man who Laurie introduced me to months ago, that finally got through to me, and got me thinking about how I am seeing the cup as half empty.”