“You know that it’s only going to get harder.”
“You know that every year won’t be as good as this one.”
“You know that adulthood is going to be challenging.”
What I do know is I was left to my own devices to navigate this whole Down syndrome thing. What I do know is it was hard. What I do know, more than learning new medical terminology, most important is emotional support. What I do know is once emotional support is uncovered, the envelope of comfort and strength derived is undeniable.
What I do know is every experience is not required to be conventionally good to see good in it. What I do know is the celebration of this good is not akin to wearing blinders to the surrounding challenges. What I do know is this good is a powerful beacon in navigating the challenges.
What I do know is this world is not made for people like Wil. What I do know is I will stumble and I will fall, and I will stumble and fall again and again finding our way. What I do know is I will not stand still to save myself the fall.
What I do know is I will keep my head up, in anticipation of the good in every experience, no matter the form that comes in. What I do know is I have faith in this walk, and the friends that walk this path with me. What I do know is faith and connection with others is a positive and powerful force that shines a light on the deepest darkness.
What I do know is not everything will work out as I plan. What I do know is that will not stop me from pursuing new experiences. What I do know is much unexpected and unplanned successes come from these forward steps.
What I do know is this path is bumpy, with plenty of twists, turns and challenges. What I do know is those are exactly the places I have met extraordinary people, and have found myself in an extraordinary place to help another.
What I want you to know is life doesn’t have to be challenge-free to know we are blessed.