Motivated by Mason
As a parent you pride yourself on raising a child that is accepted and understood. We live in a world where society can mold our way of thinking when our child does not meet the "standard" of being attentive and engaged.
For Linda, she noticed her son Mason was disconnected, avoiding eye contact, and not noticing his surroundings as expected. This prompted her to start personal research and tread upon what was about to take up her entire life.
When the word "autism" pops up on a list of symptoms you have watched your child endure,
it feels like the world just stopped and backtracked, now you start to connect all the dots, the missed milestones, tearful tantrums, unspoken words, and broken relationships.
Linda did not wait to get appointments set up, seek a diagnosis, and as she felt in her heart, Mason was soon diagnosed with Autism. Now she could take the next step and move forward with what made Mason shine.
I was learning how to help my son grow, but doing things in his way". All of a sudden the spectrum wraps itself around you and you are faced with your main mission in life....to hold your head high and embark on this journey with all that comes along....ending with the happiness of your child.
Even in it's hardest times we have to sustain our personal outlets as well. We have to do what keeps us sane in a world where our children hold us to structure and exhaust our mental stability. Linda used her talents to custom make jewelry and home décor. She took her hand crafting and painting to another level and founded The abstract Olive, motivated by Mason, and used as a platform to share her creations, passions, and story behind her autism accessories. " It's taken this long for me to love something for myself."
This is the break-away that is much needed when you know you have challenges to face the next day. Parents like Linda running a business, advocating, and living the autism lifestyle are inspirational factors that labels can not hold us back. Living on the spectrum means repetition, prioritizing life differently, and sometimes it means throwing plans right out the window." This is true to every degree but yet we stand by our life story and wouldn't change it for any other narrative.
It takes a warrior to withstand living on the spectrum. It truly does. As time passes you become accustomed to adapting and the sleepless nights alter with time. "Things were really hard in the beginning, there were days where I would go to bed crying because I knew I had to wake up and do it all over again...and I didn't know if I would have the strength." These are the thoughts that run through your head as you fall asleep and what lays heavy on you as you pull from bed.
After feeling conflicted, you then realize that there's so much more to see and you have the chance to peer through their eyes the way no nobody else can. They see the world through clear eyes, no filter, no boundaries. Kids on the spectrum will go right after what they want and it's up to you to guide them. "My son keeps me looking at things as if it's the fist time I have seen it because of how fascinated he is with small things like... the freeways or buildings." They provide us with a closer connection to the world and each happening moment is meaningful if we just look at it through their view.
"I wouldn't trade this life for anything in the world and I just hope that when he gets older he sees what I'm doing with this business....that he's proud. I just want to make him proud."