dream beyond the disability


There are very few things in my life that don’t require at least some adaptions on my part in order to participate. The one that comes to mind is swimming, I mean once I am in the water I am free to move about as anyone else would. But this post isn’t about swimming its about leveling the playing field and things that create inspiration in our lives.

To borrow a line from Imagine by John Lennon “you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…” all my life I have aspired to do xy or z only to run into various unexpected obstacles in planning a trip or just overcoming something new in my daily life. As I began to think about this post, little things came to the surface. All my life, I’ve grown accustomed to thinking in terms of adaptation. But why, why do my dreams have to be adapted? That’s when I came across a keynote address by Darren Rowse that really made me think.

For those of you that don’t know, Darren is an Australian-based blogger who’s known for his digital photography school and Problogger blogs respectively. Darren has been blogging since 2003 now makes a full-time living doing so. I mentioned Darren because his keynote address was about dreaming and following one’s dreams.

I began to understand what it meant to follow one’s dreams, when I began this blog. The thing I like most about blogging is that it levels the playing field. We all have something we can share with the world, but if all our life is spent problem-solving, I feel like I have used up resources that could otherwise be spent dreaming. The nice thing about blogging, is that if you can type into a computer you can blog.

I am intrigued to know what it is that inspires you? It can be something simple like blogging or something more complex like figuring out an innovative way to do something independently.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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