No matter the type of person, his/her experiences and or opinions, there are lessons to be learned from them. Persons with disabilities are especially influential, because they make us look at our hardships in life with a different perspective. At Hila we strongly believe that persons with disabilities can not only achieve a lot in life, but also teach us a lot; things we, more often than not, might take for granted.
1. Patience is really a virtue
It can get you through almost anything. In childhood, we’re always taught about the importance of patience and as an adult we come to see how true this really is. But when one has a disability, the patience required is incomparable. Very often, such persons need to wait longer for some things or to accomplish certain tasks, but over time they become masters at honing in on it.
2. Don’t sweat the trivial things
Since having a disability brings with it a number of adversities, situations can prove to be rather demanding. A person with disability learns early on in life to not let stress levels get too high, otherwsie important milestones would be very hard to achieve. Facing challenges on a regular basis leads to the ability to priortize.
3. Different is good!
Most people don’t like being different or standing out and generally most also don’t like to be noticed. However, it’s not as bad as one would think. Being different can bring along situations and opportunities which would not be experienced in day-to-day routine lives. It also gives the person an opportunity to shine and use his/her difference to raise awareness and pass on important messages to others.
4. Don’t judge a book by its cover
You can’t judge a person by their looks. You hear it all the time, don’t judge a book by its cover. From Stephen Hawking, a man who suffers from ALS yet is considered to be one of the brightest mind in the world to Francesco Clark, a quadriplegic who is Chief Executive Office of a huge beauty product company. Associating a disability to someone who cannot achieve in life is a fallacy.
5. Life is short: Carpe Diem!
Embrace everything. Having a disability can also, unfortunately, have an impact on your activity. Yet despite life’s hindrances, some persons with disabilities have figured out the secret to life: enjoy each day to the full! While we all try to do this in our own way, many of us fail.. Life is already hard as it is so we all need to embrace the good things when they present themselves.
Life brings with it its ups and downs, hoping to have enough fortitude and strength. Through living with a disability one learns certain life lessons that most people rarely get to experience. Hila whole-heartedly believes that we can be inspired by such individuals to not only enrich our lives but teach us lessons we otherwise pass by without giving a second glance.
What wisdom have you learned from someone with a disability?