Do you notice anything in these pictures?
Look closely. These are sets of two different animals and the title that it was sent under was called, "Blending In".
I think there's a time to blend in and there's a time not to blend in.
I went to lunch with my grandson last Friday. I really DON'T like to go to lunch at school. Have you had the experience of going to lunch at an elementary school? It's bad. It's so incredibly loud. Not good for the senses or for people who have sensory issues. And this just happened to be a day they were going to have lunch in the classroom. I thought I'd go home and come back another day, but he asked me to stay so I did.
The first ten minutes were okay. That's really all the time they need to eat - if they haven't eaten by then - forget it. The last 20 minutes the noise level and the activity level got louder and louder.
The grandson gets hyped up when the noise level gets loud - his senses go on overload. Now they were all loud to be honest. The difference is and not many people understand this, but when he gets hyped up, it takes longer for him to chill down then other need. While others get back in order in the classroom - (when the teacher says calm down) - the grandson might still be up. His 'engine' runs differently.
At first I was thinking gee I just wish he could learn to blend in. You know what I mean? Be just be like everyone else. Fly under the radar. It would be so much easier for him at times.
EEK - WHAT WAS I THINKING?
I wanted him to give up his feelings - his heightened senses. Then he could grow up and mature.
I got to thinking while he might lose those things - there would be so many more things he'd lose - in fact we'd all lose - that are so wonderful.
You know when he was a little - he didn't have so many fears. The older he's getting I've already seen him getting more fears. Some of his freedom to be himself is gone. Singing, dancing, things like that.
Am I sure I want him to grow up? Yes he would give up part of the silliness - but he would also give up his deep passion and fun loving part of life. And that part of him is just AMAZING!!!
He is one of the most wonderful and happy people I know.
So that when he's 50 - he can say - what happened to my life - where did all the living go?
Then he'll have to have a mid-life crisis to come back right back to this point!
Does this sort of happen to all of us? We turn 50 or 60 and we say - what happened?
Isn't that the mystery of life - moderation. A time to blend in AND a time to be yourself?
Sometimes it is okay to be ourselves. Not everyone has to like us all the time.
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