Thanking All of You
A lot of people have already written about achieving success at WA. I though I'd write something a little different.
I received my first COVID vaccine. I have to get another injection in three weeks. This got me to thinking. There are very few people who this virus has not affected in one way or another. As for me, I've followed all the rules and never got the disease. My daughter (who is one tough cookie) was tested. It came back positive. It didn't slow her down and she has since recovered from the disease. Other people have faired much worse. These are the people who have lost a family member or perhaps a friend. I know what this feels like. I lost my mother to lung cancer, most likely caused by smoking cigarettes most of her life. I was in Hawaii (where she was lving) for four months helping her. It is painful to watch the slow decline of someone with terminal cancer. She used to joke about not having to quit smoking. Her oncologist said the same thing. The damage from smoking had already been done.
My brother set up hospice care for her.
She had to leave her beloved Hawaii. I brought my kids to visit her in hospice, ironically on mother's day. She died a few weeks later.
Personally, I think cigarettes should be banned, at least here in the US (I was in France a few years ago. It seemed like everyone there was smoking, much more than you see here). But the French are a little more different. The last time I saw a cigarette package from France, it had a skull and cross bones. The accompanied text said smoking will cause heath issues, one of which was death. Cigarette packs here in the US have no skull and crossbones and say that smoking might cause health issues. I used to smoke while at college. I quit, cold turkey, soon after. It wasn't easy. But it was one of the smartest things I've ever done.
There have been many lockdowns because of COVID. In fact, I think there is one in effect right now. We are supposed to stay at home as much as possible, wear masks and avoid getting too close to other people when out and about.
There is a large group of people (the tin hat wearing people as I like to call them) who have refused to take the vaccine. They think it is some kind of mind control. There are many other conspiracies that they believe in. Some people still believe that COVID is a hoax. Don't they realize the health issues they are causing?
WA has proved to be a near godsend for me. I can work at home and meet and talk to people new to me, which I didn't know I could do when I signed up with WA. This helps with the loneliness that sometimes occurs when stuck at home. All these WA people are helpful, honest and real (you know who you are). I know the occasional troll slips in (I'm sure this problem has kept WA's technical staff busy).
I am coming up on a year with WA. I have some problems not related to WA that have made the going prettyp slow. But, as many of you have said, I will get there. Just one little step at a time...
My website is pretty much done. I'm working on the social media training right now (I don''t like Facebook very much. As Kyle has pointed out, spending too much time on Facebook is a waste of time which can be better used elsewhere). I'm trying to find some good photos for my Pinterest account. I've been a photographer all my life and have many thousands of photos I've taken. There must be something I can use in there.
So I guess this boils down to a thank you to all the people who have helped and encouraged me. And I hope that COVID hasn't hit anyone too badly. If it has, you have my heartfelt condolences.