Life always has it's hurdles, barriers and mountains to face.
There's no escaping that fact, unless you're a wuss and don't dare challenge anyone or anything in your life. If this is you, I suggest you pay attention.
I frequently meet people, with and without disabilities, that comment on not being able to do something they'd like to do; are afraid to try something new; are giving up on a dream, or just plain old "I can't do that".
I ask them "Why not?"
Then I get the barrage of excuses:
"I don't have the money"
"I don't know how"
"I'm too scared to"
I roll my eyes and ask "So?"
There's a vast array of information out there and the World Wide Web to find it all. Whether it's looking for money for education, or your idea, learning how to do something, forums and groups with like-minded people to share and learn with, and so on and on.
Whether you try to jump straight to your dream and are discouraged when you fail, or are overwhelmed just looking up at that "mountain", the secret is to start small. You want to be a CEO? Great! Start in the mailroom. Break down your dream into smaller manageable steps, gain experience and be patient.
Plus there are those, like me, who just don't know what their dreams are, haven't found their "passion" or talents. Then dabble! Try a bunch of different things and jobs to discover what you enjoy and have a knack for. There are a lot of courses available at your local Parks and Recreation department, college, and library. Go through the course listing and see if anything jumps out and go try it! You'll never know if something ignites your spark hmm?
Next I get those negative comments:
"It's too hard"
"There's too many barriers"
It didn't stop these people:
Shira Kochavi, a deaf woman who achieved her dream of becoming an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Tim Harris, a man with Down's Syndrome who runs his own restaurant.
Haben Girma, not just the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, but she's trying new things like surfing.
Esref Armagan, born without eyes, follows his passion and creates paintings.
"But you said you don't like it when we get inspired by people with disabilities"
I said I don't want us to be your inspiration just because we're doing everyday things in our lives. Be inspired by us, or anyone, that challenge ourselves, challenge the system, get out of our comfort zones, and chase our dreams.
So, don't give up!
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon