I think today is what you make it. If you have people in your life, you love and appreciate, then taken show it! Is it scary? Sometimes, yes! But, the more you're able to put yourself out there and show your appreciation for others, the more appreciated, you, yourself will feel. I know this, because, before my injury, I tried to do everything, I had the slightest interest in, from painting and photography, to rock climbing and rugby (yup, rugby). Those are some things I've tried to rebuild into my life presently. Is it easy? Nope. But, why is it that when we watch others excel in their chosen disciplines, we often say,must be nice to have that skill? Or, how did they get so lucky? It's not luck or fortune that allows people to excel, it's perseverance and passion.
Today, in my opinion, is about celebrating the people in your life, for whom you care about more than words can express. I just want to share my love and gratitude-for everyone, whose touched my life on this long, frustrating, painful journey. And yes, brain injuries are tragic in all those ways, and countless others. Everyone has a different story,different struggles, different accomplishments. Learning to accept myself as who I am now, will be my biggest accomplishment, as I couldn't do it before, and now, I have all the more difficulties to be concerned about, though, I'm also am armed with a more wholesome appreciation for the people close to me.
In a world where everyone is fighting for inclusion on their own terms, it becomes so difficult to discern which path to follow. I'm sure that we all have different allegiances in terms of what we support, but the amount of choices of groups to support is staggering. We wonder why certain individuals 'suffer' fromADD, and various learning disabilities. Keep in nmind, these disorders, or treatments for them, didn't really exist 50 years ago. I never hear people in my parents age group discussing Ritalin, or who to get it from, should the need arise. I grew up with those discussions. Which leads me to yet another annoyance. But wait, this entry was supposed to be about love and appreciation...
Thank you to my amazing family, and friends, who've helped keep pushing to make anything possible!
Happy Valentines Day