I'm on the cusp of "not giving a damn" and it's so freeing! During the last few months, Jake's schedule and advocacy opportunities have soared. He's owning his titles of Autism Ambassador for MCPD, and Champion of Change for USA! He's excited to help people, as is our entire family. (If you think about it, his speeches to police are helping all families... even yours... just think. about. it.)
I am continually surprised by comments made to us, about us, eyeballs we draw in public and criticism that works its way back to us, but it no longer will be allowed to paralyze me (our family)!
We will continue to do our presentations, work to save lives in the autism community, and scream it from the rooftops! This kid was diagnosed at 3 and not given much of a hopeful future at that time. Look at him now. He's done this work on his own. I didn't work my connections, Chris didn't work his. This pathway is Divinely created to save lives of Super Heroes and teach everyone acceptance. Thanks for allowing him to be the voice!
I don't tolerate negativity in our lives and toxicity will be squashed, so don't even try. In the voice of my late mother-in-law "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
Thank you. I'll slide the soapbox back under the bed!
For those playing along: two speeches this week at Montgomery County and Carroll County, MD!