I decided it would be fun to post the answers to my fourth and last question all rolled up together. People thinking and talking and believing in things made for uplifting reading for me. I hope it does for you, too.
4) What would you tell the world if you could, today?
None of this is clever, but it draws as much on my creativity as it does on my analytic skill.
talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com: That every cultural assumption is worth questioning, that what people try to tell us comes always out of their own vision, and that we should pursue knowledge on a deeper level, trying both to see greater detail, and to see how those details contribute to the bigger picture.
Stephen A. Watkins: “Writing is an act of love.”
Ken Davis: “Dig deeper.”
Matt H: You can have whatever it is you want but nobody is going to hand it to you.
Elf Sternberg: “It’s coming, it’s coming. Just gimme a little while longer.”
Steve Buchheit: Slow down, I’m having trouble with the brass ring.
Don't be afraid of anything that isn't getting ready to kill or maim you right this second. Fear of success can hobble you just as much as fear of failure. Fear of not measuring up can lead you to never actually try. Fear of other people's opinions is an utter waste of time better spent doing things you want to do.
...More seriously, I would want to raise awareness of what it's like to live with a chronic illness or other disability and hope that someone else hearing or reading it learns that they are not alone in feeling the many emotional and physical tolls such things take.