I have several heroes in life, some I have gotten to know and now call friend and still others I love from afar, the impact on me no less great than if they walked straight up to me and said, "I'm glad we met."
I don't know what I did to deserve my first tier of friends, Missy, Pam, and Elise. But still I met them at different points in my life and I've become close to them all. They're all writers. Each with success on their own terms and all of teaching me something about my own life each day.
Then there is my Muse family. Probably one of the best places I could've ended up. (Karen Cote you are so special to me, many healing thoughts and prayers coming your way) Lin and Kat Holmes you are just about the neatest mother/daughter duo I've ever met. Ginger your snappy, quick wit and sharp tongue makes each trip to the email box an adventure. And the publishing and editing staff is incredible. Not that I don't pull my hair out from time to time but I'm sure they feel the same way too. And sure there are those who I wouldn't waste the time of day on but rest assured, it's like family, you just keep your distance and keep on walking. Like any family.
Then there are my professional heroes. Like Maurice Benard, an Emmy award winning actor who gives a voice to the voiceless in his activism to raise awareness to those living with bipolar disorder. And his wife Paula who shows what being there for a loved one with the disease means and the sweetness life has in store for you if you can weather the storm. I've been fortunate, I've gotten the chance to thank him in person. It was a heady experience.
There are just so many heroes to thank. Daniel Craig, Kevin Smith, ect.
Lots of good things are happening to me, I just want good things to happen to others. Everyone deserves it. Okay, so maybe not everybody, but when you do a good turn eventually it comes back to you. But I don't do things expecting things to come back to me. That sort of defeats the purpose.