When you hear that term 'inspirational people', who comes to mind? Maybe it's an athlete who has overcome great obstacles, a teacher who saw something in you that you didn't know existed, a friend that has been through hard times and kept their faith, the person who never gave up. Maybe it's someone famous, or maybe it's just an every day person you know or know of in real life.
When I hear this term, there are many people that come to mind for many different reasons. I think of my mom who has fought and beat cancer and kept her faith through it all, who opens her heart and her home to those she loves. I think of my dad who many may think is a little rough around the edges, but who in reality is a big ol' softie who loves his family and does everything he can to make sure they are cared for. I think of my husband who is perhaps the hardest working person I know, putting his whole self into whatever it is he is doing to provide for our family.
And I think of my son, the boy who first made me a mom. Shaun was diagnosed with autism at age two and I must admit, the last 7 years since that diagnosis has certainly had its ups and downs. I have watched him struggle with those things that come so easily to most... making friends, focusing on tasks, potty training, even every day things like just going to a busy store. But he just keeps right along doing his thing. He's smart, he's sweet, he's just altogether amazing. He has faced struggles that no child his age should have to face...and for that he truly is an inspiration to me. I know that as parents we are supposed to teach our children, but the reality is he has taught me. He has taught me patience, he has taught me to keep on moving, he has taught me to overcome, he has taught me to love wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Just by being just as he was born- just as God made him. That's something worth celebrating, isn't it?
AE's fantastic show Born This Way does just that. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love. It shows that being born differently does not mean that they cannot overcome and pursue their dreams. With so much negativity in the world and on TV, this is the kind of show I want to watch...and the kind I want my son to see too!
If you missed the first season, now is a GREAT time to get caught up. The seconf season will be premiering on AE next Tuesday, July 26.
And in celebration of the Born This Way Season 2 premiere, we have a giveaway celebrating the inspirational people in YOUR life. Share your stories for a chance to win a $25 Target gift card. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
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