Positivity is important, nay, essential in life. There are literally no circumstances in life that can’t be improved or even overcome by the power of positive thinking. And so to bringing positivity to disability.
The trouble is that life conditions us to focus on the negative. We are encouraged to bemoan when things don’t go our way and take it for granted on those occasions when they do. That said, there are some circumstances in which staying positive is phenomenally difficult.
When illness or injury leaves us with a disability, for example, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive outlook. Disability, whether it comes suddenly or gradually is, after all, a paradigm shift. It completely changes how we live our lives.
Yet, when we focus our thoughts and apply ourselves, we can even bring positivity to disability.
When we are rendered disabled by circumstances, it’s common to ask “why?” Why did this accident, either of circumstances, or genetics affect us so?
But perhaps the path to finding a positive spin on the situation lies not in trying to find the reason why (there may not be one) but in finding closure.
For example, if you were injured as a result of an accident that was somebody else’s fault, a long term disability lawyer can help you to achieve the compensatory award to which your entitled.
This will be a real boon in terms of handling medical expenses incurred but more importantly will lend you a sense of closure so that you can get on with your life.
Be more like Superman
Superman actor Christopher Reeve was and is a great inspiration to all who suffer from disabilities of any kind.
Paralyzed from the neck down after an equestrian event, the actor was told repeatedly by medical professionals that he would never move again.
But the lifelong activist refused to accept this and not only dedicated his life to improving his own condition through research, he established the Reeve Foundation to help those who live with disability.
While you certainly don’t have to set up your own foundation, Reeve’s story shows us that you don’t have to let your disability prevent you from not only achieving a rich and rewarding career (he went on to continued success as an actor and director after his accident) but from making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Treat your disability as a responsibility
Your disability may change your life. You may have to live at a different pace, you may have to change your career and you may live in pain or discomfort.
Nonetheless, you are uniquely positioned to teach and educate those around you who may be blinded by ignorance or misunderstanding.
Those with disabilities have an opportunity to educate and elucidate wherever they go, helping others around them to better understand their disability and thus, truly see the person behind it.
Ignorance is responsible for a great many social ills, but those who can shine the light of knowledge wherever they go are at the front lines, paving the way for a fairer and more understanding society.
As you can see, there are a great many reasons why those with disabilities can (and should) remain positive!