I have a deep love for Real Simple Magazine. It's one of those magazines that has interesting articles, and offers house-keeping tips that are elevated to a level that's just out of my reach so that I might realistically accomplish 10% of them and feel better about myself. And it does all this without coming across as too pompous (ahem, Martha Stewart) or too classless (Rachel Ray I'm looking at you).
I will often set aside time to sit and read Real Simple cover to cover, uninterrupted, as my ultimate form of luxury. I was doing that just the other week, when I started reading a story in their most recent issue about two families who built a lifelong friendship because of an organ transplant.
The story was as sad as you could imagine. A 16 year old boy was in a tragic car crash and was left brain dead. His family made the excruciating choice to take him off of life support and donate his heart to a 40 year old man, who as a result was able to continue living long enough to see his daugther's wedding, meet his grandchildren, and have many other milestones he never expected. As I'm home for the holidays, watching my dad interact with his new grandson, I had a deep appreciation for the gift that was given to the donor recepient.
So there I was, expecting to mellow out with Real Simple magazine and instead was UGLY crying on my couch. Yes, exactly the relaxing night in that I was expecting. Snot-crying aside, one great thing that I learned from this article is that there is a really easy way to sign up to make sure that you're an organ donor. There are over 123,000 people currently on the organ transplant list with thousands more looking for tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight. And while lots of people would want to donate their organs, without making the election to do so, their organs can't be transplanted. So it's cruicial that people sign up.
All you have to do is sign up at Donatelife.net. It honestly takes less than 2 minutes to complete, and hopefully you will never need to think about it again. So go and sign up, and get some good karma for the day. In the meantime, stay away from the Real Simple November issue (I know, I know, I'm behind), unless you want to be ugly crying this holiday season.