Sometimes you just have to believe, whether it's rational or not, you just have to believe. -Me
Don't give up. Don't ever give up. - Jim Valvano
I called this Blog the "Blog of Isms" for a reason. Sure there is the obvious: I have a son who has been diagnosed with Autism and he exhibits a significant deal of quirky little attributes that we lovingly refer to as "ISMS." Indeed, my lovely wife and I have even co-opted the "ISMS" term when we refer to those quirky little things we see in each other
which drive each other crazy which make us so endearing
to one another.
Sure, this blog is about those things, but it is equally about my favorite -ism: Optimism.
I hope anyone who reads this blog gets the sense that we are very happy and that we try to remain very optimistic about today, about tomorrow and about the future.
Don't get me wrong, there are dark days. In fact, there are many dark days. But dark days are hardly unique to us. And I do my best not to share our dark days here. Just glimpses of what life with Autism is like for us, hopefully with a positive, humorous spin.
I seriously mean that. I have failed in what it is I am doing here if anyone, let alone someone affected by Autism, reads this blog and feels negative in any way. No matter how bad things can be, they could be worse, and they will get better.
If I had a dollar, for ever time I saw my Little Man, do something new, or achieve some milestone that I thought at one point was impossible, I would be planning to build my very own McMansion right now.
How do you get through the dark days? Well, clichés of course! Jeeze, I would be working on my second McMansion right now if I had a dollar for every cliché I uttered in the last year.
There is a cliché for every occasion. Truly. In fact, in preparation for this post, I discovered an internet searchable cliché finder. http://www.westegg.com/cliche/
But one of the most often repeated clichés in our house is this: Life is a marathon, not a sprint.
I can’t tell you why, but I believe they will find a remedy for Autism in our lifetime. And, if they don’t we will enjoy the bejesus out of our time here playing the hand we’ve been dealt in the meantime.