When I hear the word disability, most of the time I think of it as a negative thing. I don’t like being called disabled, because I am not. However, in the eyes of the majority, I am disabled. Nonetheless, the older that I get, the more in touch I am with myself and the more that I have learned to embrace the positives. We all have obstacles in our lives that can be overwhelming at times, relatively speaking. But, if we force ourselves to look closely, we will see that those challenges are actually the tools that have sculpted us into the people that we have become.
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That doesn’t necessarily mean I rejoice over having a disability. It’s frustrating and difficult beyond words sometimes. But, if you are able to see the glimmer of light, those tough times are not only bearable, but much easier to overcome. That is why I came up with a list of why I am thankful for my disability!
- I am so grateful for all the amazing people – especially other “mobile WOMEN” – that I have met due to my disability. Even though we come from different backgrounds, there is an undeniable bond that creates a deep connection.
- My disability has taught me perseverance. My disability has taught me that there are always multiple ways to accomplish something. The perseverance to find my own best way of doing something with a positive attitude is a quality that I’m proud of. It is something that other people often comment about is lacking in people they meet.
- My disability has taught me how to be responsible. And I had to develop that responsibly earlier than most. Don’t get me wrong. I have lots of fun in my life and live life to the fullest. But, I have unique aspects that I have to deal with daily. This includes everything from my medical care to daily maintenance of my prosthetic legs, which makes me more aware and cautious of how I take care of my body, etc.
- Living with my disability has taught me patience. Not everything can be done quickly. Some tasks require resourcefulness, and so I grew into a “fairly patient” individual. Naturally, I am an impatient person, but when it comes to my prostheses, I have learned the value of practicing a little patience. 😉
- I’ve learned to look beyond the initial impression of a person or a situation. Things are definitely not always what they seem!
- My disability has taught me to be a great listener, because I understand the importance of support.
- My disability has taught me to understand what prejudice feels like, and to be more compassionate to anyone who has faced their own discrimination. I may not be perfect with this, but I pay attention and try to be more empathetic.
- My disability has taught me to be strong and that I am a survivor.
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I always have to remind myself that being disabled isn’t a bad thing, and I shouldn’t get upset when people call me disabled. Often we cannot change our circumstances, but we can strive to change how we deal with them. Thinking positively can be challenging but not impossible, especially if you work at it.