Sunday, October 9, 2011

FACEBOOK vs Real Life

Facebook! I enjoy seeing pictures of my friends and family, reading little quips about their lives as if it were a tiny window into the lives of those we are close to but far away in distance. Facebook is fun.

Or is it....

Most of you know I am adopted. I have no personal issues with being adopted. It is not a stigma or something I use to get pity for or use to make excuses for my life. It is a part of me and I embrace it 100%. To me, it is not a negative in my life it is a double plus plus! I have also had the fortune of being reunited with my birth family and that is another double plus plus. All around, anyway you look at it, adoption has brought nothing but love. Real live unconditional love right from the start. 

Being adopted is a members only club and each of us comes with our own unique story to share. I love to hear those stories and I love to share my own story with other adoptees. We don't have a secret handshake instead we have a common bond.  

Today, I was on FB and I found this photo of Steve Jobs, recently deceased. I became somewhat unnerved by it.  Being adopted is not a disability. Steve Jobs did not think being adopted was a disability so, the photo doesn't work. 

I find it extremely frustrating that the only time the media sheds light on adoption or if people want to tell their tale to a larger audience is if it has been negative.  They are in need of attention or validation and most of the time, they make gross generalizations about adoptees. Such as "all adoptees suffer from..." We don't all suffer.  

Adoption is a healthy start to family and life. 

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." ~ Steve Jobs

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