|Sara and her buddy, Sarah...|
Yesterday Sara and her buddy participated in an all day training to become an Ambassador for the Best Buddies program. She was assigned her own speech writer and they spent the afternoon talking and co-writing a speech. They talked about what qualities Sara possessed and what Best Buddies means to her.
Here is her speech:
My name is Sara , and I am from Houston, Texas. I have been in Best Buddies for 6 years, and now I am a Best Buddies Ambassador.
My favourite quote is “What makes you different is what makes you beautiful”.
Being a best buddy is one of the things that makes me different.
Best Buddies teaches us to celebrate the small things. To find the happy in something simple- like going to get a yogurt with a friend, or catching a movie on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Best Buddies also teaches us about honesty and good character. I see people for who they are on the inside. I don’t care about what clothes someone wears or how they dance, as long as they are a nice person.
I have Down Syndrome. It’s what makes me different, but it’s also what makes me beautiful. It makes me happy to meet other people that are like me and to show other people that we are really not that different.
My name is Sara, and I’d like for each of you to think about what makes you different, and what makes you beautiful.
Thank you for seeing the beauty in me!
A HUGE part of what inspired this speech is the work that Sara is doing with The Happy Soul Project. The signs we create are so much more than just sayings painted on wood- they are heartfelt reminders of how Sara chooses to live her life, with happy, celebrating differences, and being a real friend. Sara understands the key to living a happy life- live in the moment, celebrate the small things, and seeing people for who they really are.
Her differences make her downright beautiful...