When you think of vulnerability and disability, you may think of someone who has a weakened immune system, or a person who requires financial assistance to help pay for medical equipment and other needs. Another form is self-inducing vulnerability or where you let your thoughts interfere with your actions.
All of the above examples are valid forms of vulnerability, and many of us have experienced each of those situations. But, let’s focus on the fear that we bring on ourselves. When living with a disability, there may be times when you don’t believe you will be able to accomplish certain tasks. You may worry that your physical limitations will interfere with getting things done.
While you may have those times of doubt, or may feel vulnerable, you’ve got to overcome those obstacles. It’s not a sign of weakness when asking for accommodations, it’s the ability to take control of your life and live more independently.
With that confidence, you’ll feel more comfortable to learn how to drive, live on your own, try adapted sports and become more outgoing. With the right attitude, possibilities are endless. Tackle your fears and take risks! You only live once!