I’ve been pondering lately how I would retell the story of my life.
What is MY story???
You know, my very own, personal, one-of-a-kind, highs and lows, rain and shine, story.
What has happened, where am I going, what do I like, who do I love, all the important stuff.
Just how I would tell my story would definitely depend on who my audience is.
I would tell my story very differently to my children, than I would say, to a new friend, or to my work colleagues.
I think I would be more truthful to another parent of a child with special needs when it comes to my child, our joys and struggles, and everyday life.
In this age of smartphones, wifi, tablets and laptops, we all seem to have our social media/Facebook/Instagram ‘face’ or image.
We all want to project our very best images, the happy, beautiful, ‘perfect’ images of ourselves and our loved ones.
Sometimes it seems so removed from reality to me, like we are paying each other lip service.
We all have a deep-down, innate desire for acceptance, friends, comradery and community.
How much stronger would our communities and our friendships be if we only let down some of our walls, shared what really mattered to us.
If we were brave enough to expose our struggles and weaknesses, and had a chance to support each other in everyday life.
If we made more of an effort getting to know each other’s stories.
Telling not only your accomplishments, but your weaknesses and fears, too.
You’ll find though, it’s only when we are honest and real with each other that we can really relate to each other and find true support.
They are so thirsty for knowledge of the past- they want to know about their heritage, mummy & daddy’s background, the funny stories, the sad stories and everything in between!
Retelling family events, personal events, hopes, dreams, past mistakes with your little ones (as appropriate to their level), strengthens your bond and is really healthy for your parent/child relationship.
They are unique, complex, wonderful human beings and we should all celebrate our uniqueness and personal journeys in life!
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