One of my favourite parts of my job is working with parents to support their child through behavioural blips, developmental difficulties and mental health problems.
Don't get me wrong I absolutely love working with business leaders - especially letting them know if they haven't hit rock bottom yet it's OK because they will experience it at some point...
Apologies for the digression and back to the point at hand - hope.
As part of our mission statement we are proud to state that we have a 'no blame, no label and no limit attitude' when it comes to overcoming mental health difficulties.
But why am I writing about this today?
Well seen as it's a Saturday I decided to indulge myself a little this morning and settled down to watch the TV program - "The Boy With No Brain: Extraordinary People" On Channel 5 catch up.
It was awesome.
It was emotional.
It was confusing.
Huh - confusing?
Yes - confusing.
Confusing because I couldn't understand why people were so shocked that he was able to develop and grow into this wonderful boy.
We've known for years that premature babies continue to develop once born.
We've know for ages that if your brain suffers an injury it can rewire and find new paths to doing what it needs to.
Surely it was always possible that if the brain was alive and was given the chance it would do what it was created to do - develop?
It is this premise which has underpinned this organisation since way back in May 2014.
The only thing that ever stops someone from developing is the limits we place on them.
We need to remember above all else - the brain is a muscle* and 'if you don't use it you loose it'. If however, you continue to learn new things, do things that stimulate and excite you it will just keep going.
It can be thought of like all your other muscles.
If you go to the gym a lot then you get fit, healthy and have a toned shape.
If you are continually learning new things your brain is continually creating new connections and becoming stronger.
There is no age limit on brain expansion.
But if you stop using it then the brain cells die.
So here's my plea for today - remove all expectations.
Forget what you've been told about what someone will 'never be able to do'.
Our brains and bodies are far more powerful than we know, understand or give them credit for.
Instead focus on learning, having experiences and being part of this wonderful world we live in.
Most of all have hope.
When you have hope anything is possible.
Have a fabulous Saturday & I'll catch up with you soon - Katie.
p.s. if you haven't seen the documentary here's the link to grab it on catch up:
*Realistically the brain is a unique organ-muscle combination. It is an organ but has muscular properties in its ability to grow and develop. The way in which it grows is however, different to 'muscles' which do so through tearing and stretching. The brain grows and strengthens by building new and deeper connections.
Are your children driving you up the wall?