View From a OneArmed Perspective
by James Pickard
I have been asked to belay some insight into the world of becoming physically impaired. Yes, I’m talking about becoming maimed because I was not born with a disability, I was maimed in my early 30’s. My objective with this article is to hopefully encourage and pass on the can-do attitude that is needed to survive. To inform you on the work that will be required for you to achieve life’s everyday tasks. This article will be ongoing and I’m sure that this knowledge will apply to all people as well.
First and foremost, I have to give God all the glory. He guides me safely through calm and troubled waters. When I do run aground He gives me strength, courage to face whatever is before me and the understanding to deal with it. This knowledge and wisdom helps me set sail again. I understand that God is not for all and rightfully so.
Another thing I would like to touch upon before we get started is that I work part-time for a Center for Independent Living and their standards are thus: Form a partnership with the community, work to promote the independence and equality of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society. Their goal is to gain community support for independence, include people with disabilities in community life, and remove barriers.
Know that I am not the only one! There are others- don’t believe me? Nick Newell is a one-armed mixed martial artist going for the championship title, Zach Hodskins is a college basketball player shooting for the NBA, Rich Allen is the drummer for Def Leppard, and rock climber Sianagh Gallager is winning medals. Not to mention countless others who are successful, with various disabilities that have come to the same conclusion that I will impart to you. (Or not)
Let us being!
There is a very old saying that floats from one person to another, sometimes frequently and sometimes not so much. It is said: “You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.” This is very similar to the old saying I am going to convey to you. “I can only lead you to the door, it’s up to you to go through it!” This is the first hard problem that you have to figure out. Nobody else can do this for you, it’s you and you alone, always has been and always will be….to the end. Granted, you will have a support structure along the way, i.e. family, friends, co-workers, other forms of professionals and or programs. But in the end it is still up to you!
No matter what anybody tells you, “SUCCESS” is whatever you want it to be! ~ Selah