I really enjoyed watching President Obama speak yesterday during the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. I enjoyed it in part because the first African American President stood there, where MLK once stood, to mark the anniversary of such an important moment in the civil rights movement. That alone is a powerful representation of just how far we’ve come. I enjoyed President Obama’s speech because it was a celebration of everyone who is a fighter — whether it be someone who fights for civil liberties or someone — like me — who fights every day against the tide of pain in my own body. His speech celebrated the fighter in all of us, but resonated especially with the fibro fighter in me. There were two parts of his speech that I liked the most and I have not seen them anywhere in the media as pundits favorite excerpts from the President’s speech. They do not speak to policy issues, the civil rights movement, current affairs, or anything else likely to catch the attention of the 24-hour news networks eye these days. They speak to something in the human spirit that lets us keep going even in the face of never ending chronic pain, as we sufferers chronic illnesses face. That part of our selves that said “I will not quit” or “I won’t let this beat me.” That let’s us never give up. That lets us keep putting on foot in front of the other and marching forward no matter what we face or how much pain each step causes us. I hope you enjoy these two quotes as much I as do.
His speech celebrated the fighter in all of us, but resonated especially with the fibro fighter in me.