Sometimes we want attention. A performer wishes to captivate an audience. We hope for a compliment on a new outfit. We anticipate our joke getting laughs. We speak earnestly and hope our voice is heard.
But sometimes being the focus of attention is not so great. My severely autistic son is often noticed for undesirable reasons.
If you struggle with language and can’t regulate your voice, people will turn and stare when your unconventional attempts at communication sound like yelling.
If you don’t have a sense of where your body is in space, and can’t control your impulses, people in your pathway will be surprised or frightened.
If you can’t regulate your emotions or sensory responses, people will interpret your neurosensory meltdown as a bratty tantrum.
Being “different” is not easy. Helping someone with big challenges navigate the “normal” world is not easy. But we keep putting one foot forward.
And once in a while, a moment of courage or beauty of spirit captures attention that reflects positively on being different.
For this week’s Hike Notes, I’m sharing a hike from the archives, Magnolia Stroll – San Francisco Botanical Garden. It’s the season when magnolia blossoms—flowers that are attention grabbers in a good way—peak in San Francisco.
The long list of Hikes can be found on the Quick View Hike List and on the main Hikes page. All past Insights posts can also be viewed in the Insights/Hike Update News archives.
Check the Home page for the broader background story. If you’re not able to take one of these Northern California hikes, hopefully you can enjoy the photo galleries at the bottom of each hike page! Click Insights/Hike Update News for inspiring reflections. Please feel free to share.
This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 46): Magnolia Stroll – San Francisco Botanical Garden
Sharing insights and hiking highlights (Hikes, Hike Search by Area) from the special needs caregiver front in San Francisco.