Tuesday, August 27, 2013

You & Self-Identity When Disabled





SEATTLE (ESTRA) - The transition to disability can be difficult both in mind and body.  Perhaps the perception of what that really means, needs to changed.  Everyone has a specific unique skill sets.  These characteristics as we go through life continue transforming.  By embracing yourself at all times, regardless of what life throws your way, can make the journey more fulfilling.  In this equation, it really is about YOU.  Take care of and love yourself.  Do not let labels or others undermine destiny.

Societal cues are not always an accurate point of view when looking at a person with disabilities.  Everyone wants many of the same things and seeks to create the life desired.  Disabled people have to persevere through perceptions developed from a lack of understanding and knowledge.  Therefore, self-identity must come from internal cues developed from a positive fortitude developed from within.  Content of character is built upon experiences that help mold and shape ones self-identity.   Therefore it is important to process information in ways that create personalized healthy growth.

Self-Identity develops through trusting yourself. Experiences whether good or bad, move towards personal goals and dreams.  You have a choice to accept or reject any concepts, ideas, or opinions coming your way.  Personally decide what makes up, you!

What do you see when looking into the mirror after an injury?  Is it the pain and suffering experienced from trauma of a car accident?  A loss of self-esteem because no longer able to physically or mentally function as previously?  I would challenge you to take another look.  To see a champion who makes decisions of overcoming barriers and obstacles before them, realizing whatever make cross your path, it will take courage and strength to move through them.  Yet, the time and effort will transform life in ways unimaginable. Content of character develops which transform thinking and actions for your life, friends, family, community,  country, or the world.

Struggles can enhance  quality of life.  Few people enjoy them, but when brought into ones path, a decision to take them on by gaining understanding, educating, advocating, staying determine, and not giving up until getting back on track, is very rewarding.

But how do you handle those rude, derogatory remarks?  Where do you place those jobs rejections and perceptions of being less qualified?  In addition to individuals who would rather not be around someone who does like look like them?  My perspective is to place these negative vibes back were they belong:  On those people with an misunderstanding of who you are and what you stand for, and capabilties.  There is no reason to carry their burdens.  If you can educate, do so.  However,  self-identity comes from you.  It’s your internal mirror. 

Past history and perceptions developed over time shapes many life views.  However, being injured in a car accident, and therefore, becoming disabled does not change who you are, it adds experience and wisdom.  Typically people become a better person by understanding the road many others have travelled before them and help those yet to come.

Evaluate where you are getting self-identity from.  Is it disability? Many disabled people choose not to let it hold them back and so can you.  Is it treatment by others?  There are many people who realize everyone is the same, and have different skill sets.  These people are great to associate with because they lift others up and not down.  Join them in being this type of person.

Fortunately, preconceived notions regarding disability are slowly changing.  Self-identity comes from internal cues, yet the injured experience outside influences which require filtering through a personal lens.  

You are wonderful, really this is true.  I know because you are reading, listening, or watching this topic.  An open heart and mind can always learn in life and achieve goals and dreams.  Continue to reach and will make it if you try.  Or at the least, end up in a place more wonderful than imagined.  Never give up and know a positive self-identity comes from you. 




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