I have learned so much from being in a wheel chair. This temporary perspective has changed my view of life, and I hope that you can learn these lessons other ways.
These are the lessons I learned.
I learned that sometimes the best way to make changes, in this instance, is to sit down to take a stand; that the only way to get where you need to be is to understand- where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going- and that knowing these things allows you to make the changes.
I’ve learned that the people who are best equipped to make changes, are the ones who have experienced the problem.
I’ve learned that if people must look down on you, your smile and charisma must raise you up to their eye level.
I’ve learned that if you cannot use your legs, your words must carry you further, and carry more weight than ever.
I have learned that if you cannot use your arms, your heart must reach further to touch others and hand yourself things.
I’ve learned that if you cannot trust your mind, that you must trust others implicitly, and that learning to trust others, is the surest sign you trust yourself.
I’ve learned that if you must get places, if you must do something or say something or think something, that if it is worth this great effort, than you might as well go full way.
I’ve learned that a broken body, a broken heart, a broken soul, and a broken mind are much more different than I thought, and you can survive with just one piece of your puzzle and spend the rest of your time repairing the others.
I’ve learned that if you had the energy to get sick, you must find within yourself the energy to get better.
LisaJune 26, 2009 at 3:38 am
wow, thats deep! you’re such an amazing writer! i think you need to take some of your posts and make them into a book! it could be your first million ;P
well it seems that you’ve learned a lot. these things are stuff our school can’t really teach you, just life and the experiences you have.
stay cool my friend. love ya hardcore! i miss you chica.
~ Lisa P.Reply
daisysmumJune 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Nicole – such wonderful perspective, come by the hard way as perspectives often do. Congratulations on being the person you are, rather than giving up and losing yourself altogether. We can’t wait to see you guys this summer!
AnonymousJune 30, 2009 at 8:28 pm
There’s not really much I can say that the others didn’t. You are an amzing writer Nicole. Very deep. These are things that cannot be taught, things you must learn for yourself. I’m sorry that you had to learn them the hard way, but you will be better for it.
Love you, looking forward to our next chat,Reply