I was trying to think about how to describe my passion for people in a couple of words and while reading an article it came to me. I want to help the invisible become visible. It came to me because for so many years of my life I felt as if I was invisible. They say perception is reality, correct? I remember growing up watching other people such as family members and friends being dotted on, adored, swooned over and sought after. But, I never had that experience. So, I vicariously felt it through the lives of others. I knew I had a voice but didn't think anyone was too interested in hearing it. To be honest, I was the dark child, the invisible one that no one saw or paid attention to. The only ones that I felt saw me were God and my grandmother Nonnie. But, to everyone else I was an acceptable shadow. It wasn't until I I got to college when I started to find my voice and share it. It was there that I I was on equal ground with everyone else and no longer in the shadows of someone elses light.
Today, I am a huge acknowledger, if that is a word, and I want people to know that they are not invisible. I personally try to speak to those who are easily ignored and I purposefully tell other dark children that they are beautiful because society and especially media blatantly omits us. By the way, I love all children of all shades and tell them all they are beautiful. I champion the autistic child and their parents for autism is a very special cause to me. Everyone wants and deserves to be acknowledged, seen, and told that they matter. Well, I am here today to tell you that you matter, I acknowledge you and will do my best to truly see you if you happen to cross my path. You are NOT invisible!