I was just reflecting on my last post, which highlighted the difficult journey experienced by Caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
In her introduction to Memory Matters book “Meet Me Where I Am”, our Executive Director -Edwina (“Eddy”) Hoyle – speaks to life’s rich but uniquely challenging tapestry experienced by Caregivers. Eddy speaks to the relentless journey and the “exhausting climb, but at the summit there is a 360 degree vista that offers an amazing, fresh perspective and a new world view”.
As readers of the pages in this blog know, I enjoy music immensely and Eddy’s words reminded me of the famous Don Quixote lyrics from the musical “The Man From La Mancha”:
“The Impossible Dream”.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest, to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far
To fight for the right without question or cause
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To fight the unbeatable foe, to reach the unreachable star!
This song is dedicated to our Caregivers!
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