The Most Beautiful And Strongest People I KnowThis was a request from TattooedMissez. I chose an experience for her to write in and she chose one in mine.
For some time now my oldest daughter has been volunteering at a ranch that offers therapy through horseback riding. A broad range of children receive therapy from children with PTSD from trauma, children that are physically handicapped, to children that are mentally handicapped. These children amaze me.
Some of these children with physical disorders spend most of their lives in surgery, yet they are filled with so much inner strength. It’s apparent in the way they don’t give up. No matter how difficult the task is, they keep trying. I’ve seen children that have never sat up in their life, sit up on a horse. Some of them struggle with the strength in their legs too much to maintain balance enough to not fall, yet they work up the strength in their legs to ride a horse. One can’t help but be inspired.
There are many of the mentally handicapped children there that have facial and body disfigurements. They spend their lives being stared at and made fun of by other children. People can be so cruel, yet a lot of these children do nothing but smile. They are so happy and oblivious to the cruelty that others offer them.
These children are considered imperfect, but there is such beauty in that imperfection. They are filled with an inner beauty and strength that stretches beyond what any non-handicapped person has. Sometimes I wonder who really has the handicap, us or them.