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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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