There are few things in life that are guaranteed.
1) That no matter what occurs; Right wing radio will blame the "liberal, socialist media.”
2) That there will never be another Rock and Roll band that compares to the Beatles.
3) That I will never root for the Red Sox.
4) That the person sitting next to you has it worse off than you do.
Why is it that people feel the need to drone on about every sniffle? Everybody has problems, some may be insurmountable. Mine aren’t.
What’s different about my life today then it was before the diagnosis.
1) I’m no longer in my office. That’s just geography. My name still appears on the wall to my old office. My friends still call me to do work for them. I still use the office, and another, when I want to see people. The fact that I’m still working, has kept me vital, minimized the effects of the Parkinson’s, and kept my spirits up.
2) I don’t drive quite as much as I once did. So what!! Both offices that I use are within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad. I live within 2 blocks from the subway. Where I can’t get to by train or subway, there are always cabs from the train.
3) I shake a little. It makes for a great Martini.
4) Money is tight. I got news for you. This has been the worst economy since the great depression. It’s tight for everybody.
There are people hungry, the closest I get to hungry, is when we are out of Mallomars. There are people cold, I turn on the heat. There are people who can’t afford an education. My education continues every day. Whether my education comes from a book, a friend, a newspaper or life itself, it continues.
I’d rather not have Parkinson’s. My neighbor would rather not be in debt. The man living in the subways would rather have a home. The man down the street would be happier if his wife didn’t have Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to live in this world, it’s the price that you pay.