This week there was a quote being shared around on Facebook which really made a huge impact on me. I can’t share the original quote as the lady who wrote it got very upset to find it had been posted across social media after she shared it what she thought was a closed Facebook group (to be clear, that is not where I saw it).
A few minutes before I saw the original quote, I had been having one of those moments, we all have them from time to time, I was feeling really negative and felt like perhaps I was the only one who felt that way.
The quote made me think because, if I’m honest, my life is my normal, despite William being severely disabled. It may not be your normal, or anyone else’s normal but William is my only child so I don’t know any different and haven’t had the opportunity to experience everyone else’s normal!
That day I had been looking at photos of William and all I could see was his wheelchair, and how ugly it was. That’s not my usual style, I am a very positive, glass half full kind of girl and very rarely see the negatives of Williams disability. But that day I really was having one of those moments when I just wanted to take a ‘normal’ photo of my son, it stemmed from seeing so many lovely photos of my friends children on Instagram that day if I’m honest!
Reading the quote meant so much to me right there and then because it reminded me I wasn’t alone. Seeing that numerous other people had also shared it reminded me that there were other people who felt the same about their ‘normal’ It was for that reason, after the original post was deleted, I felt it important to share an altered version, my own take on it if you like to ensure people knew they weren’t alone in their feelings.
Sometimes people say “what is normal anyway?”
Well… Normal is being able to go to Halfords or Mothercare UK and