I was asked once, where do you find the strength. the inspiration to keep fighting.
While the answer is typical, I will say it took some time to recognize it. I look to my kids. I look to my kids and see the things and events in their lives that they overcome each day. I look to the stories of families that I know and what they go through to live.
A child with Cancer, a fear I hope I never know.
A child with severe autism who is non-verbal.
A child with social anxiety so severe that it is debilitating.
A parent with stage 4 cancer who struggles to be able to see their child graduate, knowing that each new day is borrowed.
A friend with MS who uses self-deprecating humor to help others see him for the human being that he is.
A new father who glorifies in the hopes and dreams of what his newborn child will do and be.
I imagine a shy child, walking with the aide of braces on the legs, Down Syndrome, laughing and giggling at a joke that they know. Loving life. Living hope.
There are so many stories of inspiration just waiting to be told. These are but a handful.
I don’t have to look far for inspiration. I look to David. I look to C. T., K and E., my bride and the work that she does at the school where she works. The organizations that I am a part of that help so many people get through one more day, ready to fight for another.
Thank you everyone for giving me inspiration. I am honored.
- Autism in Nepal (sujenman.wordpress.com)
- Resources and Support for Families Dealing with Autism (everydayfamily.com)
- A Case of Social Anxiety (cetuesday.com)
- Carrie McLaren: World Down Syndrome Day inspirational (members.jacksonville.com)
- Teen With Down Syndrome Climbs Mt. Everest (newser.com)
- My Inspiration – Hannah Feda’s Wish (meganismakingadifference.wordpress.com)
- How Cognitive Distortions Maintain Social Anxiety (psychologytoday.com)
- Freaking Out in Social Situations Isn’t Inevitable (psychologytoday.com)