I just recently had my eight year anniversary of my accident. It was a very highly emotional day. So much has evolved in me in the way that I view people and likewise the way that I view myself. I have sort of stopped trying to fight against my differences. I am attempting to embrace my differences and learn how to progress forward towards tomorrow. I found a quote written by William Allen White which beautifully encompasses my thoughts on this event; “I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and love today.”
With this recovery there are certainly ups and downs; I wish I could constantly remain feeling as inspired as I do right now, yet I feel that such a hope is rather unrealistic. I know that my position allows and encourages me to be honest about a life changing injury. I am very hopeful that people in all walks of life can see my blog and take away a bit of inspiration. Regardless of whatever trying time you have been through, take solace in knowing that everyone goes through them at one point or another. I believe that absolute honesty regarding this injury is the way I need to be. I know that I would have benefited greatly from a resource where I could have been aware of an interactive candid response with a survivor who had already navigated through on the path that I was venturing. Personal experience and success are incredible attributes for a person to posses when one is looking for encouragement.
I stress as always, that success for me now is far different than the way that I would have viewed success when I was younger. Perhaps this is truer form of success? I hesitate in saying that because I do not want to seem as though I am happy that this injury occurred. There is no question that I wish that life was still easy. I wish I could easily put my hair up or perform any action that requires the work of two arms. I have to consciously make an effort to keep my emotions in check and not allow them to get the best of me. Often times I utilize unorthodox methods of performing certain tasks. I know these methods may draw wide eyed stares from time to time; but if I am not in a place where I feel comfortable asking for assistance, I have learned that people will have to deal with my methods maybe looking strange to them. I would love to read any comments anybody has on my thoughts.
Thank you so much,