I am lucky enough to have met nearly everybody who I admire in one way or another in person. I say "nearly" everybody because there are a few people on my wishlist who I am highly unlikely to meet (either due to geographic location or due to the fact they are so famous I would be near the back of a very long queue of people). Ironically - one person on that list happens to be someone who I am related to (I last saw this person over 20 years ago) and is the only human who could possibly cure me of my severe allergy to Medical Professionals - they are a Doctor.
Seeing as I am highly unlikely to meet Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill, Billy Connolly, Koen and Kris Wouters, or, Bill Bryson, I will have to be happy with those admirable people who I have met.
There is one person who I have "met" on Twitter - and it turned out that I missed meeting them in person by 24 hours last year - who I really wish I could meet in person (there are actually a few like him but I will explain why he is at the top of the list in a minute).
Some time back I blogged about a book called "Blue" by John Sutherland. The book was about Policing with a large dose of Mental Health (his) thrown in. I would highly recommend you read it - even if you are not remotely interested in the Police, it is well-written on the subject of his Mental Health.
Mr Sutherland was a Police Commander for the Metropolitan Police before he was forced to take Medical Retirement due to his Mental Health issues. Well, actually, that is technically correct. However, even though he retired he seems to be one of those "Blackpool Rock" professionals. As in - even though the professional retires the job they were doing prior to retirement appears to be so ingrained into their psyche that if you were to metaphorically slice them up into little pieces you would see their profession written on every slice. (I know a few people like that.)
I actually nicked the first part of the title of this blog post from him (with his permission). If I had my way it would be the title of his second book as well.
Everybody has some kind of "hook" which gets me interested in them. (Trust me - that is more true than you think.) The best "hooks" are (obviously) connected with words.
I found Mr Sutherland on Twitter after someone had retweeted one of his "Somewhere out there a Police Officer..." tweets. I cannot remember the rest of the tweet but I am sure it was something regarding some aspect of his job.
What caught me about the "Somewhere out there..." tweets was the fact that they were simple, to the point, but not in anyway "preachy" or "I am better than you because of my job". In fact, from reading both Mr Sutherland's book and his blog posts, I get the idea that he is the most gentle man I could wish to meet.
I know I have tweeted this to him before but - "Somewhere out there a Member of the Public really admires you for the way you have connected with people and shared your experiences".
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