On the 18th January 2021 Will was listed in the 20 Most Influential People in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. Of 47,882 people .. this boy makes the top 20.
I have known this for a very long time that he has the ability to connect and change peoples lives. It made my heart burst with pride to know that Will has achieved this recognition and the most beautiful part he has no intention to influence. He is simply being Will.
Will has essential qualities that seamlessly connect with others. Those qualities are kindness, love, a lack of ego, wholeheartedness, resilience and persistence. There is truth in his behaviour and a genuine spirit, He is gentle and authentic. He doesn’t judge .. he uses his intuition, the heart. He keeps getting up even with so many moments where doors have been closed and where he has encountered exclusion .. he keeps going. When he was not invited to the countless parties or events as a young child .. he kept being hopeful. When he is the 12th man and waits 80 overs every weekend in the summer … for a single bowl .. he does it with such passion and joy. He waits his turn, he hugs without return of favour, he fits in and shows an incredible depth of selflessness.
He is influential because he behaves in a way that we all admire and watch, but often times cannot be. He lives life by example and inadvertantly reminds people to be more understanding and caring. He shows people that he can .. because he has to .. live with so few choices. He silently and quietly hopes we will all sacrifice something, be more patient, give more of our time so that someone less able or more vulnerable can have more choice .. which they so desperately need.
He is showing what community could look like if we all stopped to take notice and be more present.
Will is influential because he is making a difference to people lives. His family, his friends, his team mates, to strangers and now the world that has come to see his face as the inspiration behind Where There’s a Will.