In life we develop a lot of dreams and hopes for ourselves and those around us. I think in most occurrences, we hope that people can achieve those dreams. Every day that I live, I come up with more and more things that I want to see happen and done. Our dreams have to come from somewhere right? Most of my dreams and hopes these days come from my love for my children and my love for Jesus.
When my son was first diagnosed with Autism, I never really knew how to react or respond. I just kind of lived the new life I was given. My new life of constant therapies, odd phases, repetitive behavior, learning sign language so I could communicate with him and trying to make everything work as normally as I could. The reality I once knew was gone. I was forever turned into a mother of a special needs child. Being a mother of a special needs child was nothing I was prepared for or for that matter wanted. I had everything planned out for my child. He was going to sleep through the night right away, follow the perfect nutritious diet, have a personal relationship with Jesus at the age of 2, and of course be potty trained by the age of 2. Now I didn't just make those things up. These are all things that had happened for other parents I knew so I figured my child would be no different.
Well it has been almost 5 years since my son was diagnosed with Autism and I can honestly say, I wouldn't have it any other way. It is a tough and frustrating road but really whose road isn't? Everyone has ups and downs in their lives. We can't chose our roads or paths. The good part is that God is with us along that path. He won't put us in a situation if He didn't know already that we can handle it. My dreams have sure changed and I love the dreams I have.
About a year ago, I started thinking of all the things I have wanted to do in my life and just never do anything with them. Now, I'm not talking about the typical ones of bungee jumping and skydiving although those would be cool. Some of the biggest dreams I have had are to write a book, and create a business for people with special needs. Beginning last fall, I completed the first one of writing the book. The book is an autobiography with a big emphasis on raising a child with Autism. It's about recognizing that God is with us in all of the big and small things whether we recognize that or not.
When it comes to creating a business, I owe the dream all to my son. Without him, I wouldn't have the same passion for helping people with special needs. The business idea is many parts. Ideally I would like to create a place where people of all special needs can come and hang together and not feel judged. It would be a place that parents could get help from other parents and where the children wouldn't be told to stay still or quiet. They could be themselves. It would be a place that could be hired by other organizations for consulting. It could be so many things.
So why share my million dollar idea?? Because in life, we can't do everything on our own. We all need help. But we won't get help if we don't ask for it. So if you can help at all with my dream, please just respond. Maybe you've heard of people that are doing this or you've had similar ideas.
What is your dream??