Thank you for celebrating love with us this week!
As we look back on our Love Week’s reflections, we see that love can take many forms. We can find love embedded in all aspects of life when we choose to look for it. Sometimes on Valentine’s day, we are blinded by “romantic comedy love,” that flashy, warm, fuzzy, new love, that is easily celebrated with flowers and chocolate. This love is fun to dream about or watch on TV but when you think about it, this love is pretty surface level. This week’s reflections are proof that as we grow in relationships, experiences, and wisdom, deep love is more often found in the challenging years, pandemics, mental health crises, caregiving, and the real parts of life that often come up after the rom-com ends and credits are long over. Love is real life; it’s hard, it’s tearful and powerful, and it is the one emotion that pushes us beyond what we thought we could do or be. Love keeps us holding on to each other when its been a year with no direct contact, love keeps us calling our family members who have hurt us, love keeps us going when caregiving feels like too much to handle. We can do and change so much when we use love as our fuel. We hope you felt the love this week and were reminded of the diversity of loving in this strange world.
We love you and all you are!
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Amy is a fresh grad with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. University does not come naturally to a person with a learning disability, making Amy uniquely proud of her undergraduate accomplishments. Amy is working to be more open about her disability and strives to view her learning challenges as an opportunity for growth in resilience and creativity.
She has worked with rehab patients, people with disabilities, veterans and mental health clients searching for more equitable access to community recreation. She believes wholeheartedly in the therapeutic benefit of doing what you love, as often as you can.