If I’m honest, one thing that I am self-conscious about is what Ellie’s capacity to one day contribute to society will be. Along with the intellectual and physical delays, it would be easy for someone to look at her and see that she is different than most.
There is a camp of people out there who point out that people with disabilities are actually a drain on society because of the social services they receive and their inability to work and pay in to the system. These people usually use this argument when making a comparison to determine whose life is worth more.
A lot of times this argument stops me from saying things that I believe because of fear. In turn, I feel guilty for not standing up for what I experience to be true.
This video is a beautiful example of how everyone can contribute and how we all need each other to be our best community.
Spoiler Alert: There is no normal or perfect or typical out there to achieve. What IS out there to aspire to is truth, respect, kindness, continual learning, efforts to understand and unconditional love.
I told my typical, nearly 5 year old son today, “We are all doing the best we can in this world, Jack. My best may not look like your best, but you will find happiness in life sooner if you learn that lesson. Everyone has something to offer you. Your job is to listen and learn.”
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