"It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are."
~Alain De Botton from The Art of Travel
This time of the year always gets me hungry for travel. I'm a huge traveler, having spent many years traveling the world as a woman alone. In fact is was whist trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp that I met the love of my life, affectionately known as "Superman".
That was almost 10 years and 2 children ago.
When you meet someone you love while doing something you're passionate about, you're guaranteed a life time of common interest. My wonderful husband and I have always shared our love of travel and adventure. In fact, I'm convinced that this shared passion has helped us navigate the frightening road of a micro-preemie and special needs child, and keep our marriage alive and blossoming.
We're at a wonderful place in our lives right now, despite our son having just been diagnosed with Autism. We see this as an opportunity rather than a road block. In my recent attempt to become more familiar with this condition I realize that there is more hope in Autism than fear.
So many amazing people who have made profound contributions to humanity were either Autistic, or would be diagnosed with Autism if they had lived in this time. Siblings, extended families, and close friends have all been known to benefit through shared compassion, flexibility, and selflessness when they are close to an Autistic person.
Embarking on the kind of an adventure that we're used to is now that little bit harder. But it's not impossible, in fact, adventures can be more adventurous, experiences more memorable when we view them through the eyes of our children.
The road ahead of us is going to be the adventure of a life time, it already is. But are we up for the challenge? I think so! We have to make changes, we need to adjust, but what a wonderful opportunity we have been given; what a precious gift.
Perhaps it is through Thomas, and the wonderful journey ahead of him, that the rest of us will have the opportunity to step into ourselves more fully. Who knows? One thing's for sure, we're giving it our best shot.
Thanks for checking in. xx