We all have issues

Sometimes going out in public when your physically disabled is such a pain!

Like most people, I usually spend part of my weekend running errands, shopping for things like toothpaste or milk and getting ready for the week ahead. No matter where I go, it always ends up that people stare at me for how I walk or  how I look. (and it is not because of my beauty) Over time, I’ve learned to just ignore the stares and attempt to smile while I walk away.  I love when people treat me differently because of my disabilities! Like just because I may speak slightly slower or have an unsteady gait, that obviously gives someone the right to speak down to me like I’m a 2 year old or cannot comprehend a complete sentence. (that was sarcasm) Some people are ridiculous and so rude!

I’ve come to realize though that everyone has some sort of disability, it just so happens that everyone can see mine. For example, constantly having a negative attitude can really affect one’s perspective on life or how they view the world. Or never being willing to try something new holds us back from learning or achieving our full potential. Or being judgmental of others can get in our way of meeting someone that differs from us or could even become our best friend. I don’t know about you but all of those seem like disabilities to me. It may not be what you typically perceive as disabled but when you think about it, we’re all disabled in some way.

So as most of you know or have seen, Carroll Magazine did a wonderfully written article about me.that made me sound really determined and impressive. I was honored and touched by it!

Over the past week, I have had a number of people approach me and say what a fantastic article it was and after reading my story, I am such an inspiration to them. I am truly touched by the amount of lives I have affected and love knowing that my story of struggle and perseverance can help those around me. It is extremely humbling feeling and fulfilling.

However, I don’t really view myself as an inspiration or whatever people may say. Not that I don’t recognize my accomplishments but in my opinion, I just simply do what I have to in order to live my life everyday to the fullest. I may be physically disabled and face obstacles everyday but giving up has never been an option for me. And I do not view my disabilities as a burden but rather a blessing in disguise. They force me to see the world from a different perspective than most do and to constantly think outside of the box. My disabilities are part of who I am and I cannot imagine life without being disabled.

To me, I think everyone is inspirational.  We all are flawed in our own way and we all have issues. Everyone has their own set of struggles that they must overcome in order to achieve success. Some may be worse compared to others but we still each have hardships and by conquering them and coming out victorious that is pretty impressive and inspirational.

Look at teachers. (I would never have enough patience to teach) I give so much appreciation to teachers because they are  shaping the future everyday and  having a mother as a teacher, I know how much work and extra time goes into teaching.  Whether you are still in school or have been out for years, we all can remember a teacher who made a positive impact on our lives and helped us to not only learn a particular subject but also to learn how to live a successful life.

Or the military. Seriously, talk about not only sacrifice but determination, courage, and drive.  No words can describe how inspirational they are.

Whether you’re a superstar or an average joe, we are all inspirational by living our lives every day and  we all can make a difference.

 

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

Mother Teresa
P.S. If you’d like to read the article on me in Carroll Magazine, here is the link:
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5 responses to “We all have issues

  1. Reblogged this on dearanonymousfriend and commented:
    This is my niece. I have written some posts about her and I encourage you to stop by and visit her blog. You will be so thrilled to get to know her. Well done, Elizabeth, I love you. Your Aunt DAF

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  2. Louis

    ” has their own set of struggles that they must overcome in order to achieve success” nicely said!!

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  3. Beth Kirchner Nicholson

    Yes Beth you are a true inspiration to everyone who knows you and who doesn’t. You write so beautifully, it expresses your inner and outer beauty. Keep up the good work!

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  4. Beth, I always love to read what you have to say and you truly are an inspiration. However, lets talk about “beauty.” The dictionary defines beauty as the quality in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind. I am sure that there are plenty of rude people out there in the world and you say that you think people stare at you not because of your beauty. I beg to differ. I personally think you are one of the most beautiful people on this earth. I look at you and see all things beautiful. I see beauty in someone taking the time to stop and speak to a homeless person. I see beauty in someone holding the hand of a sick person, so they don’t feel alone. When I look at you I not only see physical beauty, I see beauty in your strength, courage and desire to make a difference in this world. Beth, there are not too many people in this world that have the beauty you possess. So the next time someone stares at you, remember that you might just be giving them that goose bump kind of feeling of awe…that wow look at her, what a beautiful woman. That’s how I try and look at those around me. So, just a positive twist on true beauty. That’s YOU!!!

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  5. I love you! You are a joy to go with, after spending days at the outlet with you and shopping around the stores by your house. My fondest memories are those times. They were filled with laughter and joking and serious talks. I have always thought you taught me how to look at the world differently. you have taught me so very much, and each visit gives me more insight. I miss you and long to see you again. Thanks for being you. Aunt DAF

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