L.I.F.E. and its meanings

By Yvonne Garris
I was thinking the other day about life and how everything needs to work together, so I thought I would write my thoughts about what life means to me.
When we look at the alphabet and upper and lower case letters the lower case letters are smaller and look weaker. The upper case letters are big and convey a sense of power. This is much like people when we are small we need taken care of and when we grow up we are suppose to be able to take care of ourselves. But what happens if we become disabled?

I know when I lost my sight I almost felt like I became my mommy’s little girl again. And to tell the truth there were many times I all I wanted was my mommy. But the truth was I was an adult, who happened to now be disabled. Now the growing up process virtually had to start again so I called the local blind association since they help blind people, and I needed help. But I had to figure out what life now meant to me, and in some ways I am still working on figuring it out.
Here is what I have come up with so far:
L – is for learning. I am constantly learning either new things about me, becoming disabled teaches you a lot about yourself. I am also learning new and different ways of accomplishing tasks. Whether it be cooking or working on the computer, I seem to always be picking up tips from other people that are blind.
I – is for inventive. One thing I have learned about people with disabilities is that they are very inventive. Sometimes you have to be to get something done, so you can do it yourself. And in my opinion, this might be where the sayings necessity is the mother of all invention and where there is a will there’s a way came from. Trust me both of those sayings have run through my mind while trying to figure out how to get something done.
F – is for fear. I have written before about how scary it can be to now be disabled, but you need to find a way to keep going. There are more times than not at this point that I find myself forgetting that I am now blind, it just is who am who I am. I still have my fearful times, but I take a deep breath and ask myself if it is a true fear, and proceed from there.
E – is for encouragement. Take time to pat yourself on the back when you do something good. It is so easy to become negative when you become disabled, but there are so many things to still be thankful for. Find someone that will give you encouragement when you are down. For me it was my mom when I first was losing my sight, she was my biggest supporter, and that is very important.

Life is a funny thing, just when you think you have things figured out they change. It is not only people that are disabled that need to continue to learn, be inventive, face their fears and have encouragement, it is all of us. Now it’s your turn to let me know what your meaning of life is? Can you think of other words and definitions? I’m looking forward to hearing back from you!