Your disability is only part of your story… Right before falling asleep, I sometimes think of a quote to motivate me to help with my challenging days. It’s like when people say their prayers and talk to God. One night the quote “Your disability is only part of your story” came to mind. The quote could not be more accurate. There are two kinds of people within the disabled community. Those who believe their disability makes them think they can’t do much in their life because they don’t have the strength or courage to rise above their disability. Then on the other side, some people use all their strength and courage to rise above their disabilities.
People are free to choose what to do independently; I happen to pick life over my disability. People ask me, “ How do you do what you do,” or I don’t know if I can do what you do?” I say it’s who I am; then I go on with my day. The thing is disabled, or not people are given life, and they are given choices. The person themself are the ones that get to pick the life they live. It’s like me going up to someone in the LGBTQ+ community and asking why they chose to be who they are, but they didn’t have a choice; they were born that way. Some people don’t have a choice in who they a, while others have a choice. We are given the foundation and tools of life when we are born, but it is up to us to arrange them to where they best fit; it might take a person the snap of a finger to know how to use the puzzle piece while going through their lives and for others, they may never know how to use the puzzle piece.
It has taken years for me to put the puzzle piece in the right way, I still haven’t completed the puzzle, but the more significant pieces are in place. There are still things I want in life and some I must make peace with; as much as I wanted from a woman’s standpoint, I needed to choose to put my cp first.
I know I have said cp is only part of your story, but it has taken almost half my lifetime to say that to myself.