It takes all kinds of kinds

I’ve had that Miranda Lambert song running around in my head for a week. It was about to drive me crazy until that creative spark finally took off. It’s strange how a writer’s brain will draw random conclusions from a single thought. At this moment, that song means something different to me than what the songwriter probably ever intended.

I started thinking about Migraine advocacy and realized that there isn’t a particular skill set needed to become an advocate. In fact, the more diverse we are, the better it is for Migraineawareness. If we all have the same talents, then what happens when a different talent is needed?

We need all kinds of advocates:

Executives have the ability to “see the big picture.” They create and maintain programs for the rest of us.

Bean counters keep an eye on the money. We need a trusted someone to guard the purse for fundraisers and to maintain the financial health of our non-profits.

Innovators think outside the box. They are the ones who come up with ideas for new and better ways of doing and being an advocate.

Educators teach us (and the public) the facts about Migraine. They keep up on the latest research then spread the word to everyone else.

Nurturers take care of our hearts. They support us when treatments fail or we face stigma. They are the first to notice and reach out when we are struggling.

Cheerleaders help us keep going when things are rough. They have the ability to rally us around for the next big thing.

Followers are the foot soldiers in the trenches. They spread the word and show up for all the events and causes everyone else creates. They don’t want or need attention. They have no desire to be in charge. Followers are critical because nothing the administrators or innovators come up with will succeed without them.

You don’t need any special skills to be an advocate. You just need a desire to support other migraineurs and the willingness to share the truth about Migraine with anyone.

So what kind of an advocate will you be today?

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