The other day while I was sitting in Zavier's speech therapy waiting room, I picked up an issue of O magazine. Oprah had told an audience that we all want to create a life that matters. I thought about it, and then went home and googled the concept. I found there are numerous books out there that talk about how to "build a life" in which you'd "feel like you matter."
Parents of special-needs kids don't have that problem. When we receive the diagnosis, and everything else that goes along with it (the therapies, the IEPs, the struggles, etc), that automatically builds a life in which we matter. Every morning, we wake up and look into the eyes of a child who profoundly needs us.