I remember when I first heard this phrase thinking well I must be stuck in
Nightmare on Elm Street so. We were busy rearing 4 children, holding down jobs, trying to have a life, and my son’s autistic behaviours were causing absolute havoc.
It was difficult to imagine anyone wanting to swap lives with me.
But the more I thought about it the more it resonated with me.
On a basic level, we had a home, food, electricity, running water, medical care etc.
So yes we were doing better by 80% than the rest of the world.
We were living their dream….and on top of that, we had access to education, jobs, transport, family, friends. I want to add holidays and a social life but that wasn’t really an option then. But as we usually compare ourselves to what’s in our day to day world, I still had a way to go to get this idea to stick. Soi began to think…….
- Of people who couldn’t have children that would do anything to have a child, special needs or not.
- Of those facing terminal illness themselves or of a child or family member.
- Of those that have been abused, battered, betrayed, and beaten down by life.
- Of people who struggle with debilitating illnesses such as depression, alcoholism.
- Of the people who are truly alone in this world for whatever reason.
The stress of dealing with autism had blurred my perspective. I was ungrateful for my life and felt I had been targeted by some great injustice. Now I realise and try to remember WE ARE ALL LIVING SOMEBODY ELSE DREAM
So if I am having a difficult time and my son is having a meltdown in public.
And of course, I will meet someone I really don’t want to at that very moment.
And they ask how I am… I try to calmly reply “JUST LIVING THE DREAM” lol.
what do you think…are you living somebody else dream or nightmare??
Just a little story………