It truly feels like we are in a movie right now but we can’t panic, we must remain calm. From time to time I like to bring sports analogies into my conversations to drive my point home, so bare with me. In the mid 80s I played 8th grade basketball with one of South Carolina’s greatest basketball player’s, Gerald Daise(google him), he was a phenomenal human being as well. To start, football season always started first, so we all decided to tryout for the team, but we soon found out that we didn’t have enough players to put on the field so our football season was forfeited. We took that extra time to build chemistry amongst us players and when the basketball season started we was like the Showtime Lakers. We had a great season, ended our playoff drought but we got knocked out in the 2nd round but I still considered that season a success. We took a failed football season and turned it into great basketball season. We didn’t let fear stop us, we kept pushing forward. Our goal was to make the playoffs and we did! The COVID 19 Pandemic is our opponent right now, we can’t let fear overwhelm us, we must keep our head in the game. We must stay calm during this storm and we must keep the faith, failure is not an option, this is our season for victory, this is our true awakening!
Im always thinking of ways to serve, this is a topic I hold near and dear to my heart because I lived it. I can say without hesitation that I was a special needs child. For those who are new to my blog, I was born with a cleft lip and palate and was very tiny. Fast forward to my school years, I was bullied, laughed at because the way I looked and talked but I didn’t let that bring me down. I had the mindset of a lion, I wouldn’t give up, I was on a mission. During my school tenure in the 80s I don’t think the educational system knew how to help a special needs kid as myself. I was a extra shy kid so some of the educators took that as having a learning disability. Don’t get me wrong I had certain issues but it wasn’t extreme as some tried to make it. The common thread to my fearless mindset is my family, it really did take a village to positively navigate me through the ups and downs of my childhood. I was lucky to have my great grandparents, and grandparents to pour unconditional love into me and to teach me how to remain calm in certain situations, their life lesson were priceless. My parents were in their early 20s when I was born, I can only imagine the pain they endured taking me to the hospital for multiple surgeries or the many trips to the speech therapist, or the many notes sent home by my teachers explaining my difficulties with certain lessons. Thank God the world has evolved since my school days, there is more data out there to help special needs children plus parents can home school their child as well. As a parent you need to know that you are not alone in this journey, I’ve made it through, things got better as I grew older and my confidence grew. I graduated high school and I’ve been in the workforce for 30 consecutive years! I’m a living witness that it can be done! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I really do appreciate you all.
By Shakira Maria
Wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
Proverbs 24;14 NLT