A day in the life of a single mom raising a teenager and a child with autism. I believe that it's not what we receive, but what we give away that defines us. I want to give away all that I have learned and experienced in hopes that it will help families raising a child with autism or any disability. This is my candid journal where I open up my world and share my joys, knowledge, lessons, disappointments, challenges, frustrations, fears and successes - one day at a time.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Best Thanksgiving Post Ever! When your life changes in an instant, who will you be.
This young man's attitude of gratitude puts life in perspective!
Pictures of his motorcycle from the Police Report
A dear friend who's family had one heck of a year, shared her son's Facebook post with me and I had to share it with all of you. It's not just any post, it's a must read inspirational post written by a courageous young man, Xander. Xanders life was changed last year in a motorcycle accident.
In Xander's words....
On Election Day
“It’s been a beastly year.” Every time I go to the doctor, they ask me if I'm depressed. I kinda laugh and say "no" and think to myself, why would I be? Then I think why am I not? I lost everything I care about. Skating, snowboarding, my jobs, my girl friend. I lost my life, so why am I not sad? Before the accident, I got to work in my dream store, I got paid to hang out with models in hot tubs and take their pictures, I learned how to tre flip, I got to skate the Berrics, I skated the marathon! I got to ride Mammoth when they were hit with 18 feet of powder, I got to drive a convertible r8. I turned 12! When I was 7 I thought 12 year old's were old as x*%!!. I bought a car, I bought a Mac, I bought Nikes! I never smoked, I fell in love, I learned how to develop and print film, I climbed the x*%ing Great Wall of China. I touched the Hollywood sign! Even before the accident, people asked me how I was never sad, never depressed. I got to do things I never imagined, I loved life, I was living the dream. I don't care what I didn't do, or what I can't do now, because at 20 years old, I was so happy with my life, so satisfied, like soooo stoked. They thought I wasn't going to make it for two days after the accident, but I did. Then they told me what I wouldn't be able to do, but they didn't say anything about me bungee jumping, or chest pressing 300 pounds, or doing pull ups on a streetlight, or meeting some of the sickest people ever. It’s been a year, a horrible year, but I'm still alive, still happier than everyone I know. If you're depressed or sad or bored, or even if you're not, go and do something that will change your life, something you have always dreamed of, something you never imagined happening. Who knows if you'll have the chance to do it again. "If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you have to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate their moment until it's passed." ~ Kanye. Appreciate it all, life's dope.
Wow! Happy Thanksgiving Xander, Cheryl, Robert and Zavier you're all amazing. Hugs, Donna