Previous Aprils have had down-in-the-dumps. That’s happened when new autism rates were announced and when the media turned a blind eye to why the rates increased. From what I’ve read over the last four weeks, the media has been somewhat silent on autism and vaccines. They haven’t been as hard on parents like me either. As the parent of a vaccine injured child who won’t stop talking about a vaccine-autism link, I’ll gladly take the break!
Getting a break has been refreshing. So has been choosing new songs to share during this year’s autism action month. Like every April for the last few years, I rely on my music to get me through the month. I listen to it on good days, on bad days, and on in between days, too.
Here’s a short playlist of my latest go-to music. Each song is dedicated to a certain group of people. If I’ve left anyone out, my apologies. If you have a song that you want to share, especially if it’s one that will get me and my kids dancing in the kitchen, please post it in the comments below. I’d love to take a listen to what inspires you.
Bringin’ on the Heartbreak by Def Leppard
This song is for the Mom or Dad who is stuck - stuck thinking about how hard this is, how overwhelming this is, and how heartbreaking this is. It is hard, it is overwhelming, and some days, it absolutely can be heartbreaking. I know that because I sometimes live it. But I believe that things can eventually get better. On days that things don’t get better as quickly as I’d like, monster ballads like this one get cranked up really loudly.
Kid Heart by ToddZero
For the parent who’s in the midst of frustrations and struggles, push through. I know, easier said than done. It may not seem possible in this very moment, but I have a feeling you will find your way again. Draw on your strengths. And if you fall down, don’t forget to get back up.