We become what you expect.

In 1967, thirteen-month-old Daniel Kish had his second eyeball removed.
And his mother had to make a crucial decision.
Lower her expectations and protect her blind son from the world.
Or treat Daniel like any other boy and let him do what he wanted to do.
She chose the latter.
And that conscious act of faith changed everything.
Daniel didn’t wither, he thrived.
He became one with his world and learned to negotiate it.
To run, climb, play, and even ride a bike.
Primarily by making palatal clicks with his tongue.
Echolocation, like a bat.
(You can listen to Daniel’s amazing story at this link.)
Daniel Kish blossomed into an amazing human being.
But it was his mother who made that possible.
By giving up control and setting Daniel free.
Free to experience.
Free to fail, free to discover, free to learn.
And, eventually, free to see.
We’re living in a low expectation world.
One where leaders place us in tight little bubbles.
And feed us intravenously with bland, risk-free nutrients.
Hoping to protect us, and themselves.
God help us, they’ve even banned sledding.
Anaïs Nin wrote:
“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”
Because without suffering, without defeat, without adversity we’re subjected to a grave, unintended consequence.
We eventually go blind.