Every day I am reminded that having a disability gives you a different perspective from the norm. We dream of capabilities, face struggles and long for things that may never have even crossed another’s mind.
But to be honest, I think this goes beyond disabilities – it is just being alive. Old people long for energy and good knees, young people long for independence and wisdom, etc.
The grass is always greener right? But we forget there is probably squirrel poop in every yard.
My new buddy from Listen to Your Mother (heyyyy Lindsay) was telling me how my ponytail blog stuck with her.
She laughed when I told her that walking and doing a pony was awesome. HECK, just doing a ponytail is amazing to me. I want to be you.
As I continue to get to know my community of AMCers, I have found that
we all have different levels of severity.
I describe them to my husband like we are cans of beer or diet soda…
“Oh he has strong legs but weak hands…totally AMC Lite”
“ehh she has a limp and weak hands.
..AMC 10 calories”
“Yep, she uses a chair and mouthstick…she is legit AMC”
So even in my pool of fellow AMCers we all face different challenges. Until I tapped into this group online I never
knew anyone who thought like me. When I
see questions in our group page I can’t help but smile. It’s like they crawled
inside my mind.
Will the person giving me a manicure/massage be creeped out
by my differences?
Did you get anything special to drive?
How do you flat iron/curl your hair?
What tweezers work best for you?
How do you exercise? What works with weak arms/legs/hands?
What kind of shoes did you wear to your wedding?
Any nail clippers that are easy to use?
The internet allows us to ask these questions that the normal world might never think about. When I kick back and reflect on it, I almost tear up. We are so lucky to be born now with the gift of technology and cyberspace – I can’t even imagine how it would have felt to
be me 200 years ago or in other countries that were not as equipped to tap into the abilities rather than the limitations. I’m sure life was not easy.
“Placing one foot in front of the other, I’ve climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I’m just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn’t won.”
― Robert M. Hensel