Be Kinder

Recently I have been having problems with my speech. I can’t get words out. Or my words end up coming out as gobbledygook. As a writer, I love words and I have, to be honest, always been better at writing things down rather than speaking my thoughts out loud. But this is, this is something else.

This isn’t a feeling-sorry-for-myself post. This post is a plea to everyone to have a bit more patience, and a bit more understanding if someone is struggling because you don’t know what their story is. You don’t know what they’re going through.

I had to ring the dentist to book an appointment. Usually, when I have one of my moments, I laugh it off and say “Oh, sorry, it’s Monday and my head is still in bed,” or something similar. Mostly, people are cool and it kinda just passes them by. They accept it. The dentist’s receptionist didn’t. The receptionist was impatient and downright rude.

Now, I’m not judging her, because I don’t know what’s going on in her life and maybe I had caught her at one of those moments but shit, that conversation gave me loads to think about.

Now, I’m struggling with my health at the moment. I won’t bore you with the details, apart from the speech bit, but it got me thinking about other people – the old, those with autism, those with post-stroke problems to name a few – and how we treat other people in society who might not be quite as on the ball as we’d like them to be. Life is speeding by. Life is getting faster but what if we’re not? What if we can’t keep up?

Shit, some days, I can’t even get Alexa to understand me! (Alexa please play The Prodigy and she plays Panic at the Disco!!? Now, I like Panic at the Disco but it ain’t The Prodigy. Actually, come to think of it, have you ever tried asking for The Prodigy after a few beers? That’s how I sound on a normal day to be fair :)).

Maybe we all need to be a bit kinder, a bit more considerate?

Maybe we all need to calm the fuck down a bit?

Sorry for all the swearing.

Actually, no I’m not!!!

There are some times when “Oh dear” just won’t do.


And yes, the featured photo has nothing to do with this post. But, it is a cute dog. You’re welcome 🙂