Accepting yourself

Have you every struggled with the way you are? Struggled accepting yourself the way you are? Do you battle with a low self-esteem?

Abled-bodied or not we are all human and some of us fight similar battles. However a disability can and does affect a person is various ways, weathers its self-esteem, self-image, worrying about what others are going to think of you, especially if you have a physical disability.

Have you ever thought you were born the way you were for a reason? Have you ever thought you were made to be a light in a very dark world? Something as simple as a smile or a kind word can affect and brighten someone’s day.

It can be difficult to accept yourself the way you are, but not impossible. Why do we fight it when it comes to accepting ourselves? Why not embrace yourselves and our limitations. I do not always like the way I was created, I especially, do not like two-handed jobs, because, I have difficulty using my arm/hand that was affected by the hemiplegia cerebral palsy. But, I work with what my strong areas are.

Accepting ourselves is the key to not letting our limitations bother us. Its ok to ask for help. No one really knows what you have gone through and what it takes for you to get thru your day. When one has walked in your shoes only then would they understand. How about the battle of our thoughts? There are somethings, some battle that others can not see. Mental and emotional care is important.

Some fight thoughts of suicide, self-esteem, some fight self-harm thoughts. These are real life battles for some. To conquer these areas it takes self-acceptance. Asking what could we do to help someone else. In order to help ourselves we need to plant seeds to help others. We never know when we are going to be used to help someone else.

The unknown can be very scary, but to accept yourself as you are takes a burden off ones shoulders. Would not it be nice to not carry that around on your shoulders? By looking forward we become a victor, instead of being a victim living in the past. Keep in mind everyday is a new day and we can only make the best of everyday.

Whose to say what is normal? No one person is exactly the same. Not all of us fit in a one-size fits all box. We all have different talents, skills, attributes that we can bring to the table so to speak.

The question is how do we create a foundation to build our confidence and self-esteem? Mind over matter. Change your thinking process. Find yourself positive affirmations and say them out loud, so they sink into your soul, so eventually you will believe what you are saying. Example: I am beautiful (handsome), I am talented, I am strong, I love the way I am, I accept my limitations. You get the idea. you can read more tips at the following page. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/feelings-emotions/building-confidence-self-esteem/

It is more important about what we think about ourselves than what others think of us. No one will stand up for you but you. We can not rely completely on someone to express our voice. We must advocate for ourselves.

We all need to find our voice to verbalize our needs, wants and to take a stand as sometimes we have to defend ourselves. Keep in mind we all have different points of view, different perspectives, but we can show others our points of view.

By being accepting of yourself, being good to yourself, brings a new perspective to your way of thinking. Just think the struggles you fight can help someone else someday, as you become stronger going through your battles and face your daily challenges. Ex: Me being a single mother for 18 years of special needs children gives me the strength and experience through personal experience to help other single mothers going through what I went through. Take steps to be good to yourself and keep your head up high. Happy reading everyone!

other helpful tips you can find in the following link. https://www.themobilityresource.com/blog/post/coming-out-as-disabled-10-reasons-you-should-embrace-your-disability/

Author: My cerebral palsy life

I became a writer in 2010, then I pursued an education in health care administration. Working to get a medical coding certificate to add to my professional titles. I and my husband have 2 adult children, 2 dogs. I was a single mother of two for 18 years. I have personal experience in health care as a cna, mental health and raising children with developmental disabilities. I am an advocate for the disabled as I was born with cerebral palsy and have learned to overcome challenges in life. My motto is life lessons are to be teachable, to educate, share our skills and learn to understand others that we encounter on life's journey.

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