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Note: Over the years, Josh wrote down his interests, hobbies, and dislikes as part of school assignments and his journal. I think that many of us have done something similar at one time or another. For this page on his site, I have included lists of his preferences so you can get to know him better from the inside out.

How to Be Like Josh (or All About Me)

by Josh Davis

A List Created in Elementary School

  • Things I like to do in my free time: Read
  • Things I do well: computers and cooking
  • My favorite sports: hiking
  • My favorite movies: Pixar
  • My favorite foods: Japanese
  • My favorite color: Blue in first grade, changing to Army green in 4th grade and later to blue starting in 5th grade
  • My favorite school subjects: science and electronics
  • My future occupation: graphic designer, computer programmar

To be like me, you have to . . .

  • love flying on airplanes
  • have dark brown hair
  • hate mushrooms
  • have asthma and reflux
  • be great with computers

A List Created in December 2010

Note from Dad: Josh wrote this list as part of a therapy assignment to self-reflect on what he considered his strengths and anything he saw as a shortcoming (whether it was within his control or not). Then, he was asked to write on how his "negative" points could be positives.

Things I like about myself Things I dislike about myself
  1. I like my ability to have empathy.
  2. I like my honesty.
  3. My ability to repair electronics.
  4. My ability to troubleshoot computer software issues.
  5. My hair.
  6. My musical abilities.
  7. My values.
  8. My effort.
  9. My different colored eyes.
  1. My slow processing speed.
  2. My past failures.
  3. My physical disabilities.
  4. My mental disabilities.
  5. Struggles with social situations.
  6. Poor time management.
  7. Getting stuck on little things.
  8. OCD issues

How can these things be positive?

3 - Learning opportunities.
8 - I'm good at organizing.

To Josh, some of his struggles seemed overwhelming to him at times, but they also amplified his ability to feel and show empathy for others in some many small acts of compassion and service. In this way, such adversity can be a hidden blessing in helping us grow in ways not otherwise possible. At school, he often saw other people dealing with emotional turmoil and sought to ease their burdens. He also supported and friendshipped those with intellectual disabilities, not because he viewed people as projects, but rather he could see people as true friends who were worthy of esteem and respect.

I say all of this in no way to aggrandize Josh or his behavior, but rather to illustrate how emotional challenges in our own lives can broaden and deepen our feelings for others.

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