Baby steps….I believe its all about the little steps forward that dictate progress and success.
We cannot ‘High Speed’ chase it to the finish line without the small steps of planning and preparation and expect a quality outcome. Even MotoGP Riders study the track, learn the bike and its ‘personality’. Spending days practicing before they partake in the High Speed Race to a win.
So in lieu of my belief above, I am taking solace in our baby steps. Progress has been small in the last 9 days but it is progress. I may only manage to study for 45 minutes in a day (Bookkeeping is not my dream job, in fact its kind of mind numbing for me) but it is 45 minutes closer everyday to a finish. Rather 45 minutes of quality study than hours and nothing learnt. I may stop every 2 steps and take a breather but I do move again. The veggie seeds are planted and I have my next painting mapped out, research on Neuroplasticity is going a bit slower.Bearded Biker is hard at work in his new Job, putting in extra to build his career. Showing that perseverance pays off eventually.
Our perseverance and progress, albeit slow, seems to be having other effects as well. That with our newly installed ‘family project’ board has inspired the Intellectual Thunderstorm to slowly complete projects of his own as well. A task he has battled with for years. Usually spending a few minutes on something for it to just be discarded and never finished. This week though, he has completed two projects in full.
Our Pink Whirlwind is just that, twirling through her days on a rainbow of imagination and energy. I think her bedroom has been rearranged about 15 times in the last month. At least she finishes what she starts as well 🙂 even if she just restarts it again later.
So I guess what we have learnt is, even if it is 1 step 2, then a breather to buckle a shoe. As long as you get up and take steps 3 and 4, and so on, progress will come.
So I have decided to embark on a list of projects that may just drive me mad.
At least you will get a front row seat if that should happen, could be interesting….
Last night we received the latest Neuropsych report for our Intellectual Thunderstorm. I cannot say that it said anything we did not already suspect or know, however it has definitively made me realize that I am going to have to get a move on in helping him achieve his goals. Outpatient Therapies are not widely available in our fund brackets at present but we are not going to let that stop his progress. Currently he is functioning at a level of between 5 and 7 years below his actual age. The silver lining is that the areas in which he achieves an older functioning level, are those we have developed through therapies and at home support. This proves that his brain is able to learn, albeit a little slower than most.
In my research on Neuroplasticity, I came across information from Debbie Hampton as well as the TED talk given by Barbara-Arrowsmith Young. Reading and listening to their stories I have a renewed motivation to get as much information and start helping our Intellectual Thunderstorm overcome the blocks he has, so he can achieve his dreams. I know this is going to be a challenge worth taking.
So here I sit, planning and trying to sort out HOW I am going to fit it all in.
- Research and learn Neuroplasticity
- Finish the Book Keeping course I am doing (this will provide income hopefully to help fund further studies and therapies)
- Research and get our veggie patch up and running (to provide food and lessen household expenses)
- Help the pink whirlwind re-decorate her bedroom
- Learn DBT so I can reinforce what our Intellectual Thunderstorm has been taught in therapy
- Find time to paint (to stave off the madness)
- Blog (as important a release as painting)
- Redo Motorcycle learners so can attain wind therapy for self…
The list of TO DO’s grows by the day BUT, I will make it. There is thankfully no lack of family support…..
Any suggestions, helpful hints and tips, or research resources any of you have, will be greatly appreciated.
And yes, that farm is still somewhere in the cards for the future…..