It has taken me a long time to identify with 'trauma' in traumatic brain injury. To me, trauma implies physical injury, or blood, and guts. My injury was devastating, but also quite passive, on the scale of being particularly gruesome. I've had no viable way to gauge my injury, or really my progress over the years. Clearly I've made tremendous strides, but, as they say, EVERY brain injury is different, as is every brain. Needles to say, the time and energy to relearn your life, physically, and emotionally is overwhelming. At first, it was relatively simple, and genuinely didn't seem to be that massive a task. Life had generally taught me that if you work hard enough at something, you will realize your goal, within reason, of course. So, it made sense to me that the same should hold true for a brain injury. I could retrain my neuronal pathways to overcome my 'disability'. Learning to accept a new identity as a handicapped, or disabled person is not the easiest task. To be honest, I still don't look at myself with those words. I'll say differently abled, special needs,,accessible, and/or unique needs. I find the term disability somewhat alienating, most because people who don't identify with the label are afraid of it, in my experience, anyway. Afraid in the sense that they cant relate, and are unwilling to try. Obviously, all people are different, though I allow myself one rash over-generalization per week. So, it's like feeling as if everything is nearby, but just out of reach. To be clear, I have continued to grow, learn, improvise, and Chang in the years since. Just not always in the ways I'd envisioned, or hoped. To be alive is to be in motion, whether physically, mentally, or both. We are all working towards things, whether it be the Nobel peace prize in astrophysics, or obtaining our next meal, is all about the perspectives each of us take. My point is, everyday is vastly different from the one previous. Some days I am inspired to share the vivid details of the unique life I've acquired, and created, with your help, whist other days it feels there is very little reason for life. I was always a logical thinker, I liked science, and non-fiction literature. It's just the space I occupy, and appreciate.
Having an acquired disability will always be a curious lot in life, although learning to appreciate the differences in those around us, seems like the first of many steps in the right direction.