I apologize for not posting today’s blog post as early as I normally do. Today I have been very busy
- Taking midterms
- Writing papers
- Doing homework
- Mentally preparing myself for the alarm clock going off at 3:30 in the morning.
I leave tomorrow to go to Haiti and now that I have crossed all of the homework off my to do list. I have a chance to get excited! I plan to keep you all updated as much as I can throughout this trip and post blogs when I can. Through videos and pictures I will show you the beauty that is Haiti. Before I leave, I would like to touch on some thoughts I’ve had the last couple days.
Throughout my life I have had the opportunity to meet several people with similar conditions to mine. One of the things that stuck out to me was the fact that the majority of them were homeschooled because their parents did not want them to be exposed to the bullying that takes place among peers. I was brought up going to public school, was introduced to sports, active in my community, and participated in numerous activities just as any child would be. I grew up seeing that I was different and exposed to the negativity in the world but also the positive.
There are so many positive things that came out of me going to public school. One of the most important things was that I had friends who accepted me for me. The other, which is the most important, is that I was not sheltered from reality. We look different. We have to be prepared for the world. Once we become adults, we are not going to be able to hide from the reality around us. People are going to stare and people may not take us seriously in the workforce because of our appearance. However, without the knowledge and the struggle of going through this at a younger age, how are we to deal with it as adults?
I have never once regretted the fact that my parents treated me like a normal child. I was able to dream big and believe that I could do anything I put my mind to. In reality I’ve learned there will always be people who judge me for my differences. That’s the truth. Maybe that’s Gods way of separating me from people I shouldn’t be associated with anyway. That’s just me thoughts.