The Future of a Special Needs Family
It is easy to give in to sadness…
To the people who think we are holding it together, we are…most of the time. We have had lots of people that have helped us navigate the system and have received advice from those who have gone before us. There is a huge learning curve and we are always stumbling over our own feet. We just can’t dwell on that; we have to get up, brush ourselves off, and keep going.
Some may think that our lives look tragic from the outside, but they are not. Our lives are filled with joy, and celebration. If we think about the future or our situation too much then yes, it is easy to give into sadness. We need to live in the moment and celebrate every little accomplishment, because for our child, it is not little. When you see your child struggle with something for so long and then they finally get it, you want to shout it from the roof tops. You want to take a picture so you can remember it forever. I promise that if you go to a Special Olympics event, you will not see a single frown; you will only see some of the happiest people on earth and you will be changed forever.
As a special needs family, your future will likely not look like a “normal” family’s future. Your future may not turn out how you thought it would. Your future will not be easy. You will start to see the world differently than most other people. I can’t promise you that it won’t be filled with heartache or tears. It will, however, be filled with a joy that you can’t find anywhere else; it will force you to realize what is really important; it will make you appreciate the little things and it will introduce you to some really great people that are in this struggle, too. It will also fill your heart so full of love that it just might burst.
Tracy Felix: Tracy blogs about her life and challenges as a mom to a son with special needs. Her blog has provided a forum for parents to get support, share ideas, and learn. You can connect with her at www.xlinked1.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/xlinked1
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