Discarding “Popular” Wisdom

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up.”

Gloria Steinem may have had women’s rights on her mind with this quote, but it rings very true for our friends with Down syndrome. I was so scared when I received Wil’s diagnosis. Why? Because of an outdated belief system handed down to me from centuries just past. I had no other frame of reference; it was what I knew and the unknown is a scary place.

When I opened my mind; when I truly looked at Wil and accepted anything and everything to come — all the knowns and most importantly the unknowns — is when my world first cracked open, then burst open, and love flowed in place of the fear.



Published by Christie Taylor

Christie Taylor is the creator of the website, www.WILingness.com, and author of "Stories of Wil: Puberty Part 1" (Amazon.com: amzn.to/30mFoZ5) Christie believes that if we all had the opportunity to spend a day with our loved ones with Down syndrome, many of the stereotypes and stigmas would dissipate. Christie invites you, through her stories, to spend a day with Wil. The more the merrier!

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