One of the things I’m intending doing this year is writing more about my travels, and my experiences as a disabled person, off-road driver and traveller. I’m not sure how many of those there are out there who fit into all those categories, but I’m sure they’re out there, and I’m one of them.
I’m not disabled to the point that I can’t walk, so I’m lucky and grateful for that. But I’m disabled in that I can’t lift anything heavy, and I can’t do a lot of bending, and I can’t stand or walk for longer than a few minutes without it causing me pain.
I know, I know – “You can stand?! And WALK?! LUXURY!”
All those with a disability are unique, and I’m fully aware that my own disability is a lot less significant than many other people’s disabilities. However, I’m not here to compare my disability with anyone else’s, but everyone with a disability knows that they are disabled, in whatever manner that might be, and their life is impacted by that to the point that they’re simply unable to share many of the same experiences in life as those who aren’t disabled.
What I want to do is show that just because I have a disability that prevents me from walking, it doesn’t need to affect my exploration of life and our world. Even to disabled people, there are a multitude of experiences that are available to them.
Of course, to those who can’t even move or get out of bed, my posts might not be entirely suitable, but at the end of the day we can all find inspiration in anything.
It’s ‘an inspiration’ that I want to provide for those that are looking for it. I want to give those that need it an understanding that they don’t need to be limited by their body, and that there are things they can do to compensate for any physical weaknesses they might have.
One of the first battles, however, is in the mind rather than the body. We need to decide we’re not going to accept our limitations before we can decide to do something about it. That decision might take years of struggle, but it’s entirely possible to win – especially when what you’re doing is fighting against yourself.
So I’ll be writing about my experiences as I search for and find solutions to various issues that I have, with the intention of helping others search for and find similar solutions to their own problems.
It’s my journey, and it’s unique. But it can also be shared with those that will be encouraged to find ways they can enrich their own life experiences.
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