March 18, 2015

the only thing that matters.

Somehow, I just learned about StoryCorps this week, and I ended up binge-listening to episode after episode (after episode) of the NPR podcast during my commute. There were several stories that struck me — and a few that made me cry on the bus — but it was one woman's words in particular that made me stop, hit pause, press rewind, and listen again.

Her name is Jenny. Ten years ago, her son Sean was in an accident that left him in a wheelchair with a traumatic brain injury. He can't walk or talk, and Jenny's his caretaker. At one point during the pair's interview, using an iPad to communicate, Sean said, "I want you to know how thankful I am for what you have done for me. You gave up your life to give me a life." Her response?

"Yeah. But it's okay. Time's really the value commodity that we have, and if you can share time with somebody else, that's probably the most important thing you can do for someone. It's the only thing that matters." 

An important reminder, don't you think?

You can listen to that episode here, and you can find the full StoryCorps archive here.


Yulia Yurasova said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for sharing this... somehow it reminded me of 'The last lecture' by Randy Pausch. It opened my eyes on many things that we forget about in our everyday life...

I've been following your blog for a while -- what a pleasure to read!

Yulia Yu

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Yulia Yurasova Thank you so much! Appreciate the kind words :)