In the last two years we have done some future planning with Alex. We have used the PATH process to help Alex articulate her dreams for her future and the steps needed to make these dreams positive and possible.
A number of themes have come out of these planning sessions. and Alex's gap year reflects some of these goals. However some of these goals are not positive and possible so we need to discover the "why" behind the dream. For example Alex wants to be a Rock Star and as much as I believe when Alex puts her mind to something she succeeds, I do have trouble believing she is the next Taylor Swift. So we talked and found out that Alex likes to be on stage and sing. This was an easy goal - she now sings with a few local bands at street fairs and benefits.
As for the super hero dream, we are still working to understand exactly what that means. Perhaps Alex wants to thwart bad guys, or solve world problems. In my heart I believe Alex wants to be in the public eye, a hero to her friends, family and community....A Special Olympian who does her family, friends, community and country proud. Well, sweet daughter you have done just that!
(Note....like all super heroes Alex needs support and this is very important to her success).
The following article is on the front page of the Aspen Times and Glenwood Springs Post Independent today. If you want to be kept up to date on the competition - connect with us on FB or use the link on the sidebar.
Local Special Olympics medalist skis for the gold