I've arrived at the conclusion that real strength is learning both how to stay positive in the face of pain and hardship, and how to count your blessings. It's easy to blame the world for all that's wrong. It's super difficult though to still keep on going, and wear every physical and mental wound on your chest like a badge of honour and bravery, and somehow find it within you to keep smiling. I tip my hat to Paul Alexander, the man who made it to 78 in trapped in an iron lung, and practiced law and knew how to laugh and love. And here's to those who grew up in slums and abject poverty, and discovered humour and humility in their squalor. Here's to every other story of survival and resilience. To be able to rise from ashes and rebuild yourself or even re-root, sometimes multiple times over, takes major guts. To me, they are true heros and stars. They're all among us, and most of the time completely invisible. Never, ever judge a book by its cover.


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Mar 14, 2024 at 8:03pm

As I’ve grown older I’m reminded of this so often. I’ve also learned to recognize that strength and resilience in myself, and be proud of how strong I’ve been and how many times I’ve picked myself up and started all over again. I think until you’ve really faced that type of challenge you don’t know how strong you can be. Inside most of us, a warrior lives.

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Mar 15, 2024 at 9:12am

Yes, there's strength in resilience. But accepting your lot in life is also letting the bad guys win. History doesn't remember those who survive incarceration. Real strength is fighting for justice, fairness, for yourself and others, even at the cost of your life.

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Mar 15, 2024 at 10:08am

I loved reading this. So uplifting,

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Mar 15, 2024 at 10:02pm


Polio Paul is an amazing man. I've been watching videos or him and his life story and I think you are spot on.

Enjoy the sunshine my Vancouver peeps. Heads up, chin up, the sun is still shining...

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