You Have No Idea
As a person living with a disability, you may not think twice about the things you do to
compensate. Or, you may not give a second thought to the impact you have on others
involved in your life. I’ve read articles and seen videos where the presenter is disabled
and doesn’t want to be viewed as inspirational or as a motivational poster child. My
brother and I talk about the 3-legged squirrel and how he does what he has to and knows no different. But to us, it’s really cool and pretty amazing. So, like it or not, I can tell you first hand, you have the power to motivate and inspire others. Here’s a little poem on the effect that my brother Steve has on me.
I realize that “disabled” doesn’t necessarily mean “not abled.” In many ways you are more able than me. But the lines between the two are blurred, and I don’t know when it’s OK for me to use my able-ness to assist you with your disabled-ness.
As we simultaneously approach the entrance to the grocery, should I hold the door open for your wheelchair? Push carts out of the way to ease your path? I know you can manage these things yourself…so is it insulting for me to offer an assist? What should I do?
Now I Understand...
Basically, M and I were on a motorcycle trip and on the last morning I woke up and my back hurt. Took some pain pills and lay down for an extra hour and then woke up to shower. Lifted my right leg and it went numb. We decided that a 900 pound bike with a 175 pound passenger and 100 pounds of luggage plus me on a numb leg and having to stop a minimum of 12 times (we counted them) was unlikely to work well. SO, we called Enterprise (they pick you up) and left the motorcycle at the motel who was quite gracious and let us park it immediately under a light in full view of the front desk.
What is the meaning of being Disabled?
I have been asked to write a piece for my friend's web site. This is my attempt to pen with my heart the things I have seen which are to me nothing short of miraculous. Disability Road denotes that there is something to be traversed and a destination that must be reached.
A Rest Stop along Disability Road where voyagers get an opportunity to share
stories and read about other
travelers from their perspective
and in their words.