Thursday, April 10, 2008

Taking simple things for granted . . .

I am sometimes naive in my thinking. Then something happens and I realize how lucky I am to be able to do simple things. I feed myself, cloth myself, support myself, drive myself wherever I want to go. These simple things I take for granted daily.

Yesterday, a wheelchair-bound person was in the ladies room when I walked in. And that's when it hit me, they don't just walk in, utilize the facilities, wash their hands and walk out. They must contend with handrails, bigger stalls, lower sinks, etc., etc., etc. It is marginally more complicated for them.

But even if my thinking is sometimes naive, I do realize that there are a lot of wheelchair-bound people out there who have experienced more, are much braver, and have accomplished more than I have so far in my life. My understanding of this fact has helped to strengthen my naivete because with all the obstacles people with disability face they strive to and have achieved their goals.

So I'll gladly hold onto my naivete. I think it would do the people with disability more of a disservice if I wised up. ;-)

1 comment:

Amarinda Jones said...

Yes, you never how lucky you are sometimes. I whine about stuff and then something happens, like what happened to you, and I think 'shut the hell up Amarinda - you have a bloody good life'