“I'm not a dreamer, and I'm not saying this will initiate any kind of definitive answer or cure to cancer, but I believe in miracles. I have to.” -Terry Fox
An advertisement for IHOP just featured a chicken and waffles combo. Thus far I have not had the opportunity to sample those delicious flavors together in my mouth. Aside from that I know that chicken and waffles is a big food craze in the Southern United States. Being the average Canadian, that combination sounds like a unique and random creation but it captures my attention because it is the equivalent of my personality in food form as it is commonly misunderstood by other cultures of the world.
For most of my adolescent years people would question my originality and inspiration that I would obtain from individuals or certain pieces shown in the media. This inspiration would come out in big spurts of energy or a statement delivered to others around me. These statements weren't always delivered well or understood by others mostly because the thoughts that I had weren't elaborated to the fullest extent.
One of my greatest examples of miscommunication for my moments of inspiration happened in grade 7. All of the girls from my grade 7,8 class had a group counselling session weekly to work on self esteem and bullying. During a group exercise I raised my hand and provided the response to a question stating that "I feel like Terry Fox right now". My outburst about Terry Fox still remains an inside joke between my friends and I who witnessed the response. I cannot recall the question or the context that it was provided in but I had mentioned Terry because he is so inspiring and I ultimately felt like I could make a difference in that moment. I remember my classmates laughing at me which is understandable and had another classmate provided the same response I might have also chuckled a little too. To contrast between the IHOP waffles and my eccentricity, for the majority of my life I have felt misunderstood by others.
I realized that Terry Fox might have also felt like others misunderstood him because he had to endure so much pain and suffering at such a young age. Then he became an amputee which would be life-changing and next he wanted to run across the country. He probably had to convince a few loved ones of how much the run meant to him before he could go. But with all the difference he has made for Cancer research those doubting him were surely proved wrong.
For these reasons I think my quirkiness might be a barrier with others right now but someday (hopefully) people will recognize that my personality is a large part of who I am. Once I accomplish something remarkable with my life I might gain the respect I have long awaited for.
Lastly, this post cannot be complete without this song! Consider this a tribute to Terry for the sacrifices he made for everyone.
Love, the Waffle Maker