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Mom Worries Her Son With Down Syndrome Will Be Bullied In School, Then Bikers Clear Her Anxiety In This Way

Mom Worries Her Son With Down Syndrome Will Be Bullied In School, Then Bikers Clear Her Anxiety In This Way

Any mother would be worried about her child being bullied. After all, with bullying being such a common occurrence no one is really safe from taunts and physical confrontations when starting a new year at high school.

The sad truth is people with special needs are often targeted for being ‘different’. Sean Maehrer, who has Down Syndrome was about to start his freshman year at high school but despite his excitement, his mother expressed worry that he could be the victim of bullying from other kids.

Sean’s mother took steps to help and what happened next was amazing.

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    An Appeal For Support

    Sean, who lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was excited to start school as a freshman unaware of the possible cruelty from the other children. Out of love, his mother and family friends expressed their concerns to people through Facebook and with the power of social media, word of their worry spread to an unlikely group of people.

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      Rounding Up The Troops

      It took just two days for local motorbike clubs to rally round and organise an unlikely convoy for Sean to accompany him to his school gates.

      It was the morning of September 1, 2015 that dozens of bikers turned up outside Sean’s house and introduced themselves as his new friends and protectors. Their aim was to make Sean feel safe while sending a clear message to the kids at his school not to mess with him and give him a chance to show he’s a cool and likeable guy.

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        Lasting Support

        It didn’t end there – Sean formed a special bond with his new leather-clad friends with them cheering him on at sports events and even giving him his own personalised helmet.

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          Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

          Bullying usually stems from someone seeming different to the norm or not conforming to a certain standard, but as both the bikers and Sean know, how people judge them for how they look is usually far different to how they actually are. The love and support these guys have shown to a normal, fun, intelligent boy is a true example of human connection and friendship above and beyond all prejudices.

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            Featured photo credit: Shawn Gaffney via facebook.com

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            Last Updated on May 17, 2019

            This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

            This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

            The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

            But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

            If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

            What Is the Comfort Zone?

            The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

            What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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            The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

            Here’s what I’ve learned.

            1. You will be scared

            Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

            So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

            That’s what separates winners from losers.

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            2. You will fail

            Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

            That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

            3. You will learn

            Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

            4. You will see yourself in a different way

            Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

            Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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            5. Your peers will see you in a different way

            Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

            But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

            The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

            6. Your comfort zone will expand

            The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

            This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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            7. You will increase your concentration and focus

            When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

            But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

            8. You will develop new skills

            Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

            Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

            9. You will achieve more than before

            With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

            Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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