Ability Starts with Attitude

Yes, I know I’m a little tardy writing this week’s post but sometimes inspiration’s schedule clashes with deadlines. Saturday afternoon I enjoyed a pleasant change in pace from my usual routine, tagging along to watch friends play paintball. Their chosen battlefield ended  up a rough terrain woods. While a rough terrain the average person can navigate the landscape rather easily. As you know though, I’m not average. I have cerebral palsy and my balance issues turn a hike through the woods into a team effort.

Coldfall Wood picture via Ewan Munro (Wikimedia)

With the right attitude, cerebral palsy and the woods equal a surprising good combination. 🙂 Photo: Ewan Munro (Wikimedia Commons)

One person walked ahead to discover exactly how much mud laid on the horizon. At times another person cleared large twigs and other obstructions from the path. Hand holding remained a constant. Throughout the adventure my one friend remarked on multiple occasions,

“Zach is going through the woods. He’s a trooper!”      

Honestly I found the comment a little silly yet amusing. I mean the thought to stay back didn’t occur to me. Why should I sit out on the day’s events? I’m just another member of our group. If my friends maintain a willingness to step up and lend assistance where needed, no reason exists to why I shouldn’t join them.

Upon deeper reflection however, I can appreciate the whole “He’s a trooper” mentality. After all I take my “just another member of the group” attitude for granted. Other people with disabilities may not exhibit such a demeanor. They might quickly play the handicap card or complain their friends pick activities too hard on them. Sure my legs felt like rubber by the time we left the woods, but a little soreness proves a worthwhile sacrifice in exchange for excellent bonding opportunities

Bottom line, ability starts with attitude. Keep an open mind. Try before you quit or complain. True friends will help you out. Reconsider that friendship label for anyone who gives you a legitimate hard time. Forget them losers. You deserve better. 😀


7 comments on “Ability Starts with Attitude

  1. Devin says:

    yes sir we are there for you we would never leave you out. i believe you are a huge part of out group and it wouldn’t be the same with out you.

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  3. Roger Marsden says:

    Yes your statement ABILITY starts with ATTITUDE for ALL people I am a disabled person in Christchurch New Zealand I am President of a Disabled Peoples Organisation where our tag line is:A WHOLE NEW ATTITUDE, I am a new member here I will keep writing on this

  4. […] “Ability Starts with Attitude” 03-31-2013 Another post where personal experience acted as my muse! The Saturday afternoon I recall demonstrates two essentials to vibrant social inclusion. Essential one you can deduce from the post’s title. Yes, attitude. True quality friends provide the second essential. Finding the aforementioned friends may not come easily, but my post documents they exist! Hopefully my post can encourage anyone struggling to find those friends to keep on, keeping on. […]

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