Growing up I don’t think I ever read the acknowledgements of many books.
I suppose, I probably just thought that’s nothing to do with me, it’s for the people being acknowledged.
But recently I started thinking about who I’d acknowledge if I ever wrote a book and it was quite fun.
I sat and asked myself who in my life has helped, supported or contributed to where I’m at. Those are the people I’d give a shout out to in my book.
I think most of us have people in our lives that have taught us things, sometimes even by accident but they’ve helped shape us.
For me those are people worth acknowledging.
With age I’ve come to understand the importance of a helping hand. I think it was the words ‘everybody needs a hand to hold, to pick you up when you fall’ from the song If you lean on me by California Dreams.
The song was about being there to support the person you care about. To some it may have just been cheesy 90s pop (California Dreams was a fictional band from a tv show) but to me it really meant something.
It’s important to vocalise to people that you’re there if they need you. Lending a helping hand can be as small as holding the door for someone carrying a box, giving someone back something they’ve dropped or checking in with someone because you care not just because they’re going through something.
It’s really just about extending kindness to me and having that awareness that we all have things going on in our lives.