“It’s not about how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up.”
Abraham Lincoln said that, and it’s been something we all have heard, and try our best to abide by, since.
We all face problems in our lives. We all fall at times, and feel as if everything we have been fighting for has been just taken away from us. But, are we the ones faced with actual real problems in life? , And no, despite what we all may believe, these “real” problems, do not come in the form of money and wealth, nor does it take the shape of a house, or a job that you can’t have. We always tend to drown ourselves in our own sorrow, and self-pity, that we fail to see a much more unfortunate group, of our same population, that’s going through something much worse.
Something called a “disability”; something that takes more courage to deal with, than all our “normal, everyday problems”, all summed up together. Disabled individuals, could be either be physically, or even mentally handicapped. A handicapped individual, is one who is not ready, nor is capable of playing out most of the major physical, or mental capacity/s of life. In our own general public, one could see that there are numerous impaired, or physically tested individuals. But what’s remarkable is that most of them could be seen laughing, or going out on a sunny day for a stroll down the road, just like the rest of us.
All of that, could simply be credited to two things; the marvel of modern science, and even more so, to the pure gut, and the unbreakable spirit, of such individuals. Modern science may have founded technological replacements for missing senses, or limbs. Doctors may have found new, and disability specific exercise routines, and even carry out specially designed exercise classes, for such patients to build muscle strength. But to a man who had lost his leg to a land mine, or a woman who just lost her arm in an accident, it is not at all easy, having the muster up the courage to get out of the house, and “be alive”, once again.
For an example, water rehabilitation exercise in Singapore, have proven itself to be a great tool, in helping newly disabled people (due to an illness one is recovering from, or even as means of strengthening new muscles after a surgery). But for a person who stood on two feet last week, to get out of the house and actually tell themselves that, “this is my life now, I’m not going to let this hold me back”, that is not something most of us could do. The amount of courage, and bravery it would take, is almost indescribable.
So next time we see a disabled person moving about and living life, let’s see them as unsung heroes, rather than handicapped individuals. After all, they are probably the most head strong people we know.