Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lesson from Max: Throw your hands in the air and wave 'em like you just don't care

Max took to the dance floor at his little cousin's birthday party the other day. He was surrounded by little girls wearing fairy wings. He was wearing fairy wings. And he was having the time of his life.

I stayed home, sick, and Dave sent me the video. It's funny to see the contrast between the kids. There's Sabrina, being the blasé 10-year-old. And there's Max getting into it.

I consider Max's lack of self consciousness a great thing. He doesn't care that he's doing an activity for younger kids or that he's a lot older than the girls all around him. Same goes for when he hits rides for young children at amusement parks, or when we've done character meet-and-greets at Disney.

In general, Max doesn't think of himself as different from other kids, or consider it an issue. In fact, the other day when we were talking about his cerebral palsy (I showed him a video he's in), he wanted to know what Sabrina has. "An attitude," I offered.

Max also doesn't seem to care what people think of him; he is oblivious to the curious stares he gets from kids when he walks around in his bright red Fire Chief hat (which he miraculously left at home on the day of the party). He also doesn't notice the blatant gawking of rude adults.

Max just knows to be himself, to enjoy himself and to love life.

I think we could all learn from him.


  1. I think Max is so confident he doesn't care. He's rocking those fairy wings. You can pull off most things if you're confident enough.

  2. I agree with Max. Think how much more fun life would be if we could all do that!!

  3. 1st blog post of yours that has made me cry this year. Being ourselves and not worrying about the people around us is so important. I have been thinking a lot about that-being seen as just a person, not my disability but also making sure people are not afraid to ask questions. Such a fine line. Max has the right idea and we all can learn from him.


Thanks for sharing!