Stamina: the Merriam Webster online dictionary defines the word as STAYING POWER, ENDURANCE. Yup. I’d agree. Being able to endure and keep on, even when you’re tired down to your bones. Keep trying, keep looking, keep searching, keep going.
Stamina is what keeps a mother going, day to day. It doesn’t necessarily prevent her from going a little crazy when things are a little too tough. But it keeps her putting one foot in front of the next, even when she wants to give up, throw in the towel, and run away screaming.
Stamina is what you need when you have a child who demands more from you than you’d ever believe you could handle. It is what you have when you keep dealing with meltdowns day after day, and often several a day. It is what you have when you try to help your child deal with the things in life that send them over their edge, on a very regular basis.
Stamina is what helps a mother make it from the minute she crawls out of bed, until she literally falls into it, at night. It tells her to pace herself, because this race is decades long. She’s in it for the long haul. It’s not just a 26 mile marathon, it’s a million mile marathon.
She looks and looks for things to help her “special” child who has an alphabet of diagnoses: programs, therapies, medicines. Some things help. Lots do not. Stamina is what keeps her looking for other ways to help her child. Stamina is what keeps her from giving up… or is it love?
What helps keep you going, when you’re at the end of your rope, and there is no knot?