MickBie and Me

By Jes Bouchard

Like most things in life, I have a theory. This one is about knowledge.

See, when I was younger, the only thing I wanted to do was help people. I knew that my life would have been so much dif­ferent if I had had some help along the way, so I made it my goal to help as many people as possible. I paused, thought, and asked myself, “How can I help people?”

I pondered this for a while. I had known I wanted to be a Girl Scout CEO, but I just couldn’t figure out the best way to help peo­ple in that role. Then I got sick, which made finding a “helping” solution even more difficult – but also more urgent. I didn’t know how much time I had, so to achieve the goal of “help­ing people,” I had to find a way to do it – and fast.

So, once again, I found myself looking to MickBie for advice. I was walking with her down a street and she stopped. I said, “Come on, girl,” but she didn’t budge. She started to whine and pace around me. I knew what she was doing, but more im­portantly, so did she. MickBie had the knowledge of how to save me, to pro­tect me, to help me.

And then it hit me: if I want to help people, I have to have knowledge.

I can’t help you with your alge­bra if I don’t know basic arithmetic. I can’t help you change the oil in your car if I don’t know how to undo the pan and pick out the filter. I can’t help you build a house if I don’t know the difference between a hammer and screwdriver. I can’t help you with your chemistry if I… Well, I’ll never be able to help you with your chem­istry.

But, you get the point. If I want to help people, I have to have knowl­edge. And the best way to get knowl­edge, in my opinion, is to live.

Here’s to me acquiring a lot more knowledge – and I hope the same for you.

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