I have always been one to appreciate the little things in life, even when my mobility seemed to fail me daily. I guess that's why I am even MORE grateful for all of the little things I have in my life, especially my new physical capabilities. I often think about what I'm able to accomplish these days and am amazed at how much others have helped me along the way.
So, here's my challenge for you. If you didn't have the use of your hands, legs, sight, hearing, etc., what would you be unable to do or enjoy. I urge you to pick one limitation and think about what you would have been unable to do today. This would be a great activity for your kids too! Have them wear a pair of mittens to do their chores, put a pebble in their sock or cover their eyes with a bandanna. Can they imagine living like that for the rest of their lives?
The following is a list of things that I did today that would not have been possible not long ago:
cooked eggs for breakfast
stood on a chair to put away a pan
carried out a big bag of recycling
rode 35+ minutes on the stationary bike at the YMCA
walked on the snow
carried 3 bags of clothes from my car into my condo
used a can opener easily
changed John's diaper quickly
lifted John into his crib
washed my hair in the shower
typed this blog entry without hitting the wrong keys
Looking at this list, I know that these aren't monumental items to most, but they are to me!
After living the first 33 years of my life thinking I had Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebal Palsey, I was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD). I am on new medication and doing things that I never imagined possible. This has changed the lives of my husband and two daughters. I truly believe that I am living a miracle each and every day. Life can't get any better than this!