Circle Around To A New Beginning

I am a trapezoid. I live an out of the box life. It isn’t as glamourus as it seems. Trust me on this one.

People ask what I mean by the one. I’ll explain. A large part of my life I lived boxed in. Boxed in by expectations. Boxed in by fear. Boxed in my personal choices. Boxed in by stinking thinking. Boxed in by faulty theology.

I longed for freedom. As an adult I crave it and have gone to great lengths, sometimes not healthy or wise, to achieve that freedom. The idea came to me that I was a trapezoid. Different angles and edges that explain my weird vibes and preferences.

Creating this blog was a declaration of freedom – to be a trapezoid. To develop a life that was free from box like thinking.

Over the last few years, being a trapezoid has morphed into a description of parenting. I have three kiddos that are definitely not boxes. (We are still trying to determine what they are.) Two of my children are Apsies (Aspergers Syndrome, a form of Autism) and one has a pretty significant anxiety disorder. They have challenged my notion of parenting. They are what some experts called Neuro-Diverse. They have learning styles that are not traditional and require a different path. They still need consistency and discipline – things that I am not naturally good at. This girl is trying.

The process for a self-described trapezoid trying to raise Neuro-Diverse children has been a long exhausting one. There is no template or road map for these kiddos. Sure, there is a lot of literature out there on raising these types of kiddos. Some of it is good, some inaccurate and some I disagree with. That is okay. All families need to find their path.

My path is taking me the way of a new career in public speaking. Much of early 2020 will be spent in the trenches working on that topic. I hope you will stick along for the ride.

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