The More You Know

Earlier today, I was under the impression that I was going to have to struggle to come up with an idea for a blog post, but something happened and I want you to know about it.

After walking out of College, I had originally planned to do a post called “Let’s go for a walk…”, and I was going to effectively write a blog post between the time it took me to get from my school to my car. That has since been deleted, and I am happy to say this is its replacement. To be honest, it was an awful post and as such I probably wouldn’t have put it up anyway. I walked for a bit, complained about how cold it was and that my arms were covered in ink so I couldn’t roll my sleeves down, talked about how a bike drove into a car and I checked to see if they were okay and then I arrived at Sainsbury’s.

So, when I was in Sainsbury’s I was looking for some coloured pens so that I could make some pretty and colourful mindmaps inside of my sketchbook. This was when one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met came up to me. A person of roughly the equivalent height to me (around 6ft), wearing a long blue raincoat, came up to me and they placed a walking stick against the isle. He passed me a piece of paper, and it read, as I recall “Hello, my name is Angus and I have suffered from a stroke, stopping me from being able to move my right arm or talk properly. Me showing you this cutout is my own way of introducing myself to you”. Naturally, I instantly became friendly, saying that it was lovely to meet them, shaking their hand and being all around nice. He turned over the paper, and it was a cutout from a newspaper, which he passed over to me so that I could read it. I’m not going to recite the entire newspaper to you, but I just wanted to talk to you about how cool Angus Igwe is.

Angus had the stroke when he was 54, causing no use in their right arm, weakening their right leg and limiting his speech to simply ‘yes’ and ‘no’. After rehabilitating themselves for around five years, he joined the Basingstoke Stroke Group from where he had started to delve into the world of art. Now, he paints on a daily basis, using his left hand instead. The newspaper cutout was about the Life After Stroke Awards Ceremony, and how Angus, at 60, won an award.

For those of you interested, here is a video!

After reading the cutout, I congratulated him instantly, and allowed for a smile to beam across his face as he said “Shhhh” to me. He was honestly one of the happiest people I have ever seen in my life, and he has certainly made my life a little brighter. I doubt you are reading this, let alone if you remember me, but if you are then it was lovely to meet you!

Thanks for reading

: : Ruby ❤ : :


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