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The Little Joys

Now that I'VE unloaded and vented about how frustrated and impatient I am, I think it's time to talk about the great things in life. First, that outing yesterday was extremely fun. It almost felt like being back at school, minus the independence, of course. Even though I was in pain, there were definite times when my mind was taken off of the pain and I could just enjoy the music, good company and decaf caramel latt (don't anyone go into shock over me drinking decaf, I didn't want to increase my sleeping issues).

It was so nice to just chat about issues of faith. I miss that about college, where random discussions with people happen and you gain different perspectives. This was somewhat like that, talking over coffee. It is a great memory and I will definitely keep stored in my heart. I'm thankful for the little breaks and people who are willing to get together with me, even though I'm not as independent as I want to be right now.

I'm also thankful for the chance to view things differently. What looks accessible to those who walk may not be accessible to those who don't. This has also raised a lot of questions about navigation for people who use wheelchairs. Hopefully, as I gain skills in advocacy, I will learn how to advocate for everyone, not just people with visual impairments.

And, another thing, I'm thankful we have the ability to put a bed where I can get to it on the first floor. Yes, sometimes, I don't want to watch TV and I just want to go to sleep. Sometimes I want more privacy, but I still am grateful for the ability to sleep where I don't have to crawl up stairs. Even though I can't push the wheelchair myself when we're out and I lose independence, I'm grateful for the tools I can use and the people who can help me. I'm grateful that others who do use wheelchairs have been patient with this novice who is only using it temporary.

So yes, I want out, but it's important to see the little blessings in my days too.

Hugs!
Nickie

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