Hope has been a hard topic for me to confront lately. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was told to keep hoping, keep praying, because somehow that was supposed to help her get better. I dressed up in pink and raised money and did all those things that someone affected by cancer is supposed to do to raise awareness for the disease and bring about “hope”.
But my mom still died.
I don’t think I’ll ever have this figured out, but I’m beginning to try to understand. This is what I think I know so far: we need hope. We need to keep praying and searching for a solution, a cure, because the only alternative to being hopeful is being hopeless. I think that it’s just part of the human condition to believe that things can be better than how they are now.
My mom was sick for three years. The one thing I know for sure is that I simply couldn’t have made it through those years if I hadn’t hoped, in spite of the evidence to the contrary, that she would get better. I think hope is one of the things that makes humans special. Is it irrational? Sure. Is it often fruitless? Yes. But is it necessary, and meaningful, and important? Absolutely.
This post is part of a blog relay started by Melanie Crutchfield. It’s apparently over, but I was really inspired by Miss Four Eyes’ post in it, and even though I wasn’t tagged in the relay, I decided to join in because I felt like I had something to say.
I’m also inviting Becca from 25 to Fly to do the same, because she really inspires me and I would love to hear what she has to say about hope.
If you’re reading this and you also have something to say about hope, please write a post and drop me a link to it! I’d love to read it!
Here are the instructions for the blog relay:
Step 1: Write a blog post about hope & publish it on your blog.
Step 2: Invite one (or more!) bloggers to do the same.
Step 3: Link to the person who recruited you at the top of the post, and the people you’re recruiting at the bottom of the post.