I have Down syndrome. I cannot speak or think as fast as you do, but I feel the things you do.
I feel love and joy, when I do something nice or when I see that my loved ones are happy.
I feel great when I achieve something, especially if it’s something others think I would never have achieved.
I love it when I can outdo myself, because I have long stopped competing with others.
I also feel sad, low and angry at times just like you do.
I feel sad when people call me names. I felt sad and angry when I was not given any jobs and when I was bullied in education systems for the way I am. Even my teachers behaved differently at times. I was hurt and low when I feared that this was how it was always going to be.
But should I feel bad for all this?
I am still lucky because many people with Down syndrome are abandoned and not given the attention I was.
A specialist in rehabilitation was sought by my parents and he really worked hard to turn me around.
He was trained in counseling so he even addressed and understood the emotional issues I was going through.
I told him my idea of not looking for jobs and instead starting my own business.
It was challenging but I had help and it least I would not be limited because I spoke and looked different.
He told me inspiring stories of people with the same issue in countries like America who were becoming photographers and business persons and athletes!
So do I regret who I am?
Not at all. Having Down syndrome means that I am slow in processing things, but as I take longer, I cherish.
I cherish moments, I cherish love and I cherish happiness.
I wonder how many ‘normal’ people can say that?
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