I’ve never really gave much notice to the term “fandom” until I looked up the meaning of the word in a dictionary:
-“the state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.”
This definition made me chuckle as it sounds like something out of a psychology textbook. So, I looked at what Wikipedia had to say:
-“a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.”
Meaning, you can be a “fan” of not just individuals or movies or a particular kind of music; but, also of an ideal, an interest, motive, etc.. I think you get the idea.
I suppose now that I’m thinking (oh, so dangerous) I am a fan of multiple things.
For today, I will focus on one of them.
Women with great inner strength.
Helen Keller. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. Mother Teresa. Anne Frank. Maya Angelou.
There are just too many to list here but the one who has been the greatest inspiration to me was Helen Keller.
Although I am legally blind and deaf, I still have enough of both to manage. But Helen had none of both and she still got around! There are days when I get frustrated at my shortcomings and limitations to the point I just want to quit and throw in the towel (and I’ve done this before which brought only misery for me), but I have to remind myself that there are (and have been) others who persevered and thrived despite their disabilities.
Which gives me hope.
And some days, that is all I need to continue on.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”