I listened to this Radiolab podcast on my run today (not recommended, I had to stop 3x because my throat started to close up and I couldn’t breathe).
It’s the story of a family that lost an infant and donated his organs, then went to find out what had come of the donations. The podcast doesn’t harp on the pain of losing a child (though clearly that’s part of it), but rather their journey to discover the impact the short life of their son had had on the world.
At the end (SPOILER), the mother reflects on how those few years of her life changed her perception of…well, everything.
Something shifted in me. … (Before) I had felt like I was a boat on an ocean that was rocky and choppy with waves. And then I had this feeling that I’m not the boat, I’m the ocean. Like, the decisions that I make are changing other people, as opposed to just I’m a boat being slapped with waves all the time.
It has made me feel…powerful.
It’s a good one.
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I got goosebumps reading this.
I might have to build myself up to listening to the podcast.
I LOVED that quote from Sarah Gray of the podcast. I found your blog because I googled that quote.
it got me. i think about it often.
I also am here because I googled that quote. When I heard Sarah talking about the shift she experienced, that sense of not being the boat, but the ocean, I underwent the same sea-change…something inside screamed, “YES!”