This is my second blog in a series titled “My Friend Robert”. Today’s blog is about Amanda who, like Robert, was born with a developmental disability. Amanda will always wear society’s “different” label.
I like Amanda. She is straight forward and “no-nonsense.” She represents the 21st century woman honorably. If you are doing something that bothers Amanda, she will be honest with you and tell you. Wouldn’t you like to know if you had an annoying habit? I would. Amanda will help you out. Wearing the most offensive outfit of the century? Amanda will say “Joyce that outfit is hideous. Change that right now!” Many of us feign delight and change the subject. “Joyce is that a new hair style?”
Amanda also is the first to give praise. “I’m so glad you came today” she joyfully remarks. She walks in a room and the gray turns to yellow. Amanda and Robert are the bright spots in everyone’s day. Why? They are honest, sincere, and very thoughtful.
People, in general, have blocked part of who they are. Why?- Because they are trying to fit in to society. We aren’t completely honest with ourselves. We struggle to let go of our inhibitions. We rarely run around joyfully, laughing, and proclaiming that life is great. After all “what would people think?” Robert and Amanda have dealt with “what people think” their whole lives and have risen above it.
I applaud those who look at life honestly and directly. They live with their label. They could whine but they persevere.