Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The victims of being different)

This past weekend I did a gig with a female vocalist who just got back into town. She had to go out to California because her younger brother recently committed suicide by jumping off a building. He had autism and was being bullied by other kids so he decided to take his own life. I felt so bad. She said that she could have just canceled the show but she needed to do something and singing appeared to be her only outlet. She wanted a great show and we did exactly that for her. I also felt bad because my own son has a degree of autism and he has been bullied before. There are people who don’t understand in the world. They attack your afflictions without even knowing you. I worry about my son all the time. He is really good natured and he doesn’t disrespect anyone. In his own mind, he knows he will never be considered “normal” but he still tries his best to navigate through life. ┬áHe has had his phone stolen from him. He once went on a date and the girl told him she was going to the bathroom and just went home. As a father, I have to help him cope with his circumstances. Sometimes it just feels to me that I have to advise the world more than I have to advise him. I “don’t” treat my son as though he were anything other than normal, because to me he will always be normal. I am hoping to find a car for him today (he needs one). In this world, there are people who disrespect gays, paraplegics, amputees, and those with autism. The woman who just lost her brother should not have had to experience something like this. It angers me that she had to even deal with it. It also let’s me know that the world has a long ways to go. You may know of a situation just like this one. Someone needs your help, and I hope you won’t hesitate to give it. Sometimes in order to make this world better we have to attack our own demons. We all belong… and you never know when one day your own circumstances may “change.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly