Being Thankful for Hard Times

You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep going forward. Rocky Balboa


With Thanksgiving just around the corner I’ve been thinking about the past year(s) and marveling at how far my family has come. Our story is not about overcoming disability. It’s about going the distance in the face of real-life, everyday hardships and being thankful for what we have. It’s about counting our blessings and appreciating those who love us.

Like Rocky says – We keep moving forward.

Josh with two fists in the air

You don’t have to look too hard on the internet to find “inspiring” stories about “overcoming” disability. In fact, most movies about disability feature characters who do well “in spite of” their differences.

I often tell acquaintances who remark about how hard my life must be that it’s not my son, or his Down syndrome, that are hard to deal with. It’s society and how other people think about him that cause problems.

He see’s himself as a rock star and I see him as a funny, caring, individual who loves me unconditionally, as I love him.

One of the worst moments of last year came at a time when we were applying for help with housing. Anyone who has been in a situation where they’ve needed to ask for help knows that the process can be dehumanizing and demoralizing. After answering multiple questions designed to determine our level of need, the organization’s representative announced that we did not qualify as a family according to their definition. Children over 18 were not considered dependents. Therefore, my son and I were two individuals – not a family unit – and therefore not eligible for help.

This incident will stick with me. Once again we had others trying to define us according to their perspective. Josh has experienced this phenomenon all his life.

That day I understood.

Using movies as escape and inspiration

One of Josh’s favorite things to do is watch movies. I enjoy watching him as he reacts to different stories. His interpretation is based on whether a character is a “good guy,” or a “bad guy.” His decision is usually based in part on how the character treats his family."All we can do is just go with what we are." Rocky Balboa

Josh and I love the Rocky films because not only does Balboa fight hard to become the best version of himself, he lifts his family and those he loves up with him when his hard work pays off.

Rocky knows who he is and doesn’t let anyone destroy his dreams by placing labels on him.



The latest in this great series, Creed II, releases next Wednesday.

About The Movie (Synopsis)

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.  The film releases in theaters on Wednesday, November 21.  #CreedII


We’re looking forward to seeing Creed II!


What’s your favorite sports or disability themed movie?

How much do you love Rocky!?

What are you thankful for this holiday season?



Disclaimer: I have received compensation for writing this blog post.

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