The potential each person is measured by their ability to persevere and endure whatever is put before them. Maybe it’s not that people with Down syndrome are always happy, but it’s their ability to see more of the world that we learned to ignore when we start getting tired.
Just like Emma found a way to enjoy every moment on the hike, people with Down syndrome find ways to enjoy every day. They see rejection after rejection, but they are able to get back up and enjoy every other moment of the day.
I don’t think there is anyone on this earth that will ever bounce back as quickly as a person with Down syndrome. Every single day people with Down syndrome are told no because of the stigma put on them by our society, but every single day each one of those people turn around and try again. When they don’t get the job they applied for, or they don’t get the role they auditioned for. They spend a moment disheartened, but a moment later, they are back up and applying at a different establishment or auditioning for a different role.