Sunday, April 1, 2012

Time Capsule 2012

What kind of silly things would you have put in a time capsule when you were 10 years old?  Your favorite hair clip, a piece of music you performed, a baseball card if that was your kind of thing, maybe a picture, favorite cassette tape (remember those?) or a locket of hair.

Now think....what would you put in your time capsule this year?  I might fill the time capsule not so much with items, but with stories.  It is through stories which we can share the most intimate part of ourselves. 

My story might be punctuated with little things like a horn mouthpiece, piles and piles of music, the top of my no-longer-used Autoject2, or a picture of my engagement ring.  My story would definitely focus on music and health. 

Maybe readers 100 years from now would have to conduct research just to uncover what exactly is multiple sclerosis.  The thought that people couldn't receive the health care they needed because of a silly thing like money would be unheard of and not easily understood.  But the heart of the blog would remain pure and unending. 

Just as we continue to celebrate the everlasting time capsules which are the musical masterpieces of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Strauss, Tschaikovsky, Mahler, Prokofiev, Ives, Debussy, Copland, and many, many others, we will honor those who have blazed the trail before us.

Perhaps someone opening my time capsule would know that deep down, things are the same.  People are the same no matter their health or conditions.  Beyond the hope of a cure, I would want someone to see me in the things I chose to share this year or in 100 years.

This post was roughly inspired by the 2012 WEGO Health Activists Writer's Month Challenge prompt of the day: Pretend you’re making a time capsule of you & your health focus that won’t be opened until 2112.

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