Worry about our kids future is something all parents do
But for mums and dads of special needs kids –worry takes on a whole new dimension
We worry about what the future will look like.We worry who will love them, when we are gone
I thought about worry yesterday.
When I read a friend’s blog and she talked about the worries of her daughter’s future .
Another mother commented on her post by linking on to another article.
In this way, I landed on this beautifully written depressing article.
You know the kind of article I am talking about
The first-person account of a worst-case outcome
As soon as I clicked on the link, I recognized it.
I had already read the article 3 years ago .
It was such a beautiful article written by a sensitive and caring mother .
I remembered how sad and hopeless it had made me feel 3 years ago.
But not this time.
For now I have realized, the importance of censoring what I read on the internet
Of reading, but not internalizing
Because many of us have the “extrapolation problem”
We read about one bad outcome and imagine that to be in our future
We have one bad incident with our child and we extrapolate that into an extreme.
The truth is that no one can predict our kids’ future
There are no guarantees of what is to come
Any rational being can see that this generation of autistic children is being supported like no other generation and so we really cannot predict based on past generations.
But even besides that point
We should hope for a better tomorrow because a hopeful way of being, is an end in itself
A most powerful choice is our choice of what we focus on and what we think about
What we focus on is what will grow
I am constantly being interrupted in the writing of this article as my son is urging me to pack a picnic.
I listen to the eclectic list of items he thinks should be in the basket
I think how grateful I am that this magical child has taught to me to live in today
For its truly a gift of being on this road .And of being mum to R
Tomorrow will come when tomorrow comes
For now there is the joy of today
“Its not what if.. Its what’s now “
This article is written for Hopeful Parents