The most common two questions I am asked at the moment is, How is Sofia doing in her new school? and How am I doing with this big change?
With the first, Sofia is settling in really well. I have to say that all the travelling she has done, has made the transition really easy for her in that she has the confidence to adapt to her new environment and make the best of it. That is not so say that she is not confronting many challenges, but she seems to be happy to embrace the challenges and for the first time in a school environment, has the opportunity and space to process and recognise those challenges and learn something from them. It is a huge step for her and I have to say that she is making me enormously proud.
For my part, it has been a surreal experience. So reconnect to myself, to remember who I was and what my goals were in life and re-evaluate them in the context of today is quite a journey, and one that I feel can’t be rushed. The conclusions I have drawn are that I will ride the motorbike for my own pleasure and will no doubt seek my own adventures where I can, but I may or may not publish them as part of Adventure with Autism, I don’t have a feel for it yet. I will however be organising a ride from Lands End to John O’groats (the LEGO Adventure) next Summer for Sofia, which will no doubt take us via Wales and Ireland.
Adventure with Autism in the mean time will remain relatively quiet, as it seems to do during the winter months. We are just about to leave for a proper holiday (for a change!) tomorrow on a cruise, and it will be an opportunity to recap the last four years since the last time Sofia took a cruise which started off this big travel adventure for her. I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to film/record it, but we will be going through all the photos I have and reminiscing. Hopefully catching as many of Sofia’s memories before she forgets them. The results of this effort will no doubt leak into social media over the winter months so watch this space!
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