Friday, February 6, 2015

Ordinary People

Joan Clark is a mathematician who worked alongside Alan Turing (the genius who developed a machine to decode the messages of Nazi Germany. She worked alongside a man (Alan Turing) who struggled interpersonally. Alan did not have many friends in fact he was a bit of a loner. She stated a quote in the movie that struck me as soon as I heard it. “Sometimes the most ordinary people are capable of the most extraordinary things.” I am in contact with many who belong to the brain injury community. Perhaps many who have sustained a brain injury are not impressed by the things that they achieve daily. I have met many people who I believe are absolute mavericks for living independently despite a physical disability. As long as a person has his/her mind and the ability to think they have the ability to adapt and change to compensate for any disability that they have.

Perhaps Alan Turing had a disability in regard to how he associated with people. Personally I have accepted my physical disability in large part because I still have the abilities of my mind. There is an incredible amount of freedom that comes from the ability to adapt and change. There are many who have resigned to the theory of thought which defines intelligence as the ability to adapt to change. An ordinary person can make themselves stand apart from the crowd by realizing that he/she is capable of something extraordinary. Regardless of a person’s physical challenges they can work to develop his/her mind and method of thinking. Daily I come across people who astound me by what they overcome daily to live. I often think of this quote from the movie formulated around the life of Alan Touring. While Alan Touring was physically healthy, he struggled interpersonally and socially. A man like Stephen Hawking has had all of his physical independence stripped from him while maintaining his incredibly innovative and thoughtful mind. People can and should learn from both of these individuals and realize that no life is superior to another.
I thank you very much and I would love to hear your responses on how you have achieved independence despite a physical disability. We can learn from each other and I for one enjoy hearing from those who are compelled to write a response!


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