Happy Independence Day!
As I think about it, every day is Independence Day to me. As a person with a disability, I truly value my independences. For most with challenges, independences are the root of their soul. I know it is for me.
One major thing I value about independence is, having a job. My job has allowed me to do some really great things. The things I’ve accomplished aren’t extraordinary, just everyday things the average person does on a daily basis. First of all having a job is an accomplishment enough, and it also enhances my independence. Getting up going to work each day knowing I’m a part of a team is good for my and anyone else’s self-worth.
When I graduated from Sinclair Community College, I really didn’t know what career path I wanted to go down. Later, I found I was just like many other college students for when they graduate, they don’t know either. Finding a “successful” career path can often be a bit more challenging for a person with a disability.
I have a few challenges which can be “first” perceived as obstacles such as my impaired speech and involuntary arm movements. But, challenges for me are meant to be conquered. My current position is Public Relations Assistant and I do a lot of talking and get paid for it. Funny how the universe works when the one thing you’re not supposed to be good at is what you do best.
Even my involuntary arm movements have proven to work in my favor. I type 25 words a minute with one finger. And if you put a deluxe Cassano’s pizza in front of me, I will devour it, involuntary movements and all. It’s mind over matter or shall I say it’s pizza over everything!
Due to the independence my job provides, I was able to buy a house with my favorite guy last year. And a few months ago, we got a not so little Rottweiler puppy and named her, Tiny.
None of these life’s dreams would have come true for me if I didn’t have my job and independence. I often think people take independences for granted because they’re so use to doing things for themselves. Only when your independence is taken away or threatened, will you truly understand its importance.
As you celebrate Independence Day, be sure and take some time to be thankful and reflect on its true meaning. Independence is truly a gift that many would love to have and many have died so others can achieve.