My new job is for a company which among other things, advocates for people with spinal cord injury. These vary in severity, where a person may have a back problem, or is unable to move from the neck down.
In these few weeks, I have grown to fully appreciate how amazing these folks are, and how much we all take for granted.
A few days ago, I was the tech supporting a presentation on bladder management. I learned much more than I ever wanted to know about how the bladder works, but I realized how something that is so simple to most of us is not for others.
When I walk to the train station, and walk down the steps, now I tend to think twice and wonder how a person who is in a wheelchair would deal with this. Accessibility, a thing I have never thought much about, is now more present in my mind.
I have gained a higher sense of appreciation and gratitude for “simple” things that I have often taken for granted. This post is simply a gentle reminder to all of you out there to appreciate your life. Whatever is happening, be grateful for what you have because there are others who have less, and they make it work! If they can, so can you!