it has been a little over two years of living a fully independent life. I learned so much about life and myself. I’m strong and focused, but I feel I need some work. I know I have learned a lot, but I believe life is all about understanding what works and what doesn’t work for you. There is also always room to improve yourself. I have all these fountains within myself that have given me the knowledge to know what I have to do in these areas of my life; I need to build upon them to make me the most independent person I can be. These four areas are about living a healthy lifestyle; disabled or not, we all might need a tune-up once in a while.
Area one that I have to work on is Listening To My Body.
If I want to stay as independent as I am for years to come, I need to sit down with myself and have a heart-to-heart with my internal self to see where we can both compromise on how we can best deal with the life we have. Nowadays, I don’t feel so far behind in life because we aren’t kids playing on the playground, teenagers learning to drive, going on dates, 20 and 30-something starting to build stamina, and families. People my age are experiencing the aging process I had 15 or 20 years ago. For anyone with cp or other physical disabilities, this can be an unfortunate reality for us. As much as we know we need to listen to our bodies, it’s like shooting down pride in us that able-bodied people will never understand.
I’m starting to understand that pride and staying independent are areas I need to begin considering what will be the best choice for me. I’m at the point where independence should win over my pride.
Area two that I have to work on is “Healthy Weight Equals More Independence.”
I have a series called “HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENCE,” In this series, I talk about the challenge I have with eating healthy. Some of my difficulties with eating have to do with my cp; other challenges are the same for everyone: eating out of boredom, stress eating, and eating just because it’s there. I have been better, but I still have a long way to go.
“HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENCE” is the most popular series on my blog. Whenever I have a challenge regarding eating or finding a way that works for me, I write a new blog about healthy eating.
As a person with a physical disability, the less weight I have on my body, the easier it will be for me to get around. (HEALTHY WEIGHT EQUALS MORE INDEPENDENCE).
In area three, I have to work on my mental state.
Working on my mental state is a daily challenge. If I don’t work on my mental state, I will find myself going down some black hole, thinking I don’t have any reason to be grateful because I am a person with a disability; this is how my dark side sees me. However, as a strong and independent person with a disability, I know I have every right to be who I want to be, and I am just like any other person out there, with or without a disability.
I fill my life with activities, adventure, and meaning. Not a lot of people with disabilities can think and act this way. If I didn’t have that fighting spirit, I might not think that way, but my family loves and supports me. They have also encouraged my fighting spirit, which has taken me this far in life. Working on my mental state a little every day has given me a chance to grow into the person I have always wanted to become.
In area four, I must work on managing my financial health.
Although most people don’t see finance as part of your health, it’s a big part of your health. Just like you need to watch your nutritional health, you need to monitor your financial health. When we don’t know how we lose our way or don’t care about our financial health, we lose much more than money. We are losing a roof over our heads, food on the table, and much more. Whether we have a disability or not, we all have financial issues. When we have a disability, we most likely live on a low-income budget.
Of these four aspects of life, economic health is the one aspect of a healthy lifestyle I need to work on most. As I write this, I think financial/ economic health might be a great blog idea in the new year, as my blog is about being independent with a disability.