Go on give it try.
Look beyond the today that you're are bogged down and lost in.
Wish a little.
Hope a lot.
Do it for yourself, do it for your family, and most importantly, do it for your children.
Have a vision.
Not so much a premonition and certainly don’t get so carried away as to develop some sort of mission statement.
I understand the undertones of such a word and the potential for you to have some ill-fated experience in a work related meeting trying to develop a vision that will go no further than the conference room the meeting took place in.
What I am talking about is seeing beyond the problems that have been set in front of you and live into something better.
Particularly as it relates to you being a special needs parent, just being a parent really.
I know I’m no alone when I tell you that there is nothing special about me because I am a special needs parent.
I love my children.
I would do anything for my children.
It is the only life I know and would not trade it for another and besides he will do some or all of that.
As whatever this life will be presents itself.
Take the time to figure out where you are going and how you’re going to get there.
I don’t know about you but sometimes the only way I make it through one day is knowing that there is another one coming.
It is awfully easy to get stuck in this cycle.
For the sake of our sanity and our children, we must see something else.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Aim for something reasonable.
If you don’t set a goal you can meet, it’s really not much fun.
So, go to the park.
Put forth some energy and go do something you did before you had your special needs child and take them with you.
I didn’t say this was going to be easy or not wear you out.
We used to take off to the mountains every weekend and find a new trail.
After our son was born we didn’t.
One weekend we decided that was going to change.
There is a great state park in North Carolina not too far from where our family has a house and has some nice graveled trails with easier access to lots of waterfalls.
I put my son in our all terrain B.O.B and did some serious pushing.
We had a great time and he loved it!
Stop worrying about what anyone thinks of you and how your family does things.
Every now and again stop thinking about how hard it’s going to be and instead think about how much fun it’s going to be.
So go and do something.
Remember what it was like when you were a kid.
What it’s like for your other kids.
Find a way.
Have vision of what putting aside the daily grind might look like for a day and enjoy!
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