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Do you feel like you have a certain “limitation?” Maybe it’s a mental or physical limitation that you feel holds you back from school, work, friends, or life in general?
Everyone has “limits” – whatever they are. But we’re not limited people. We’re people with limits. People who lead full, enriching lives, and go on to have wonderful, rewarding experiences in school, work and life. For a long time, I wanted to just be “normal.” But not anymore. I look at all my surgical scars as my warrior scars, and we all have scars, some visible, some not. And wouldn’t you rather stand out?
I have to admit that there are times I just don’t want to put up with my circumstances anymore, let alone maintain an entire business But then I think about what I love doing in life and the reward of giving back through doing what I love – how it allows me to feel connected and a part of the moving, flowing real world – something that I longed for or years coming out of my coma. And I wouldn’t give that up for the world. Yes, I do need to make some adjustments to live in the real world. You could even call some of those adjustments “limitations.” I believe that you don’t need to find the “meaning” from every hardship in life, but you do need to find ways to work with that hardship so it doesn’t run your life. I do find that getting out there, into the world and finding ways to live what you love, ultimately is worth it – at all costs. I’ve done more in the 4 years since this disability than most people do in their entire lifetimes – use the adversity as momentum!
Having been affected by illness, dissociation, disabil
To persevere through those tumultuous years took great inner and outer strength – strength I didn’t know I was capable of until I was tested.
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One Reply to “What do you do with your "limitations?"”
“But we’re not limited people. We’re people with limits.” I love that!! I try to think the same way all the time. My limitations have only motivated me… motivated me to find a way around them or how to work with them. I really like your perspective. I really respect how much you’ve done to encourage people to use their challenges as a crutch. Your circumstances have changed your life and you’re making light of the situation, turning it all around. Thanks so much for the inspiration.