I was born, as they would say today, visually handicapped. That means I’ve had to adapt my life in countless ways. And I’ve learned that if you don’t adapt, and often adapt quickly, you’ll be miserable, filled with self-pity, and not be the person you were meant to be.
The key to overcoming physical or psychological challenges is simple, but very hard to learn. If you want to do something, get something, or be something badly enough, you can’t let other people or old thinking get in the way of your goals. And you can never give in or give up. Once you do, you’re defeated and you’re headed towards a life of boredom and depression.
You’ll learn a lot of hard lessons over the years. You’ll develop skills that are stronger than the physical boundaries you face…. How not to get rattled by teasing and verbal abuse… How to not feel guilt or shame when you have to use friends and public transportation to get around….How to NEVER be embarrassed by your condition, no matter how “different” you might come across to others.
If others choose to see you in a different way than you and the people who really know you do, it’s THEIR problem, not yours. You can choose to just chalk it up to the ignorance of others or you can be an advocate and educate people to how to deal with others who aren’t just like themselves….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Mark is a lifelong broadcaster now specializing in the fields of social media and online marketing.
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