In my experience I have found that as I am honest, family and friends are more accepting of me. These individuals love and embrace me for who I am as an individual who experienced a brain injury. I have also found that some family members and friends are unable to accept me because of what they find hard to understand. I have had family members tell me my problems are in your head. Well Duh. Head Injury / Brain Injury.
I have found that these individuals many times minimize and marginalize my invisible disability because for them to accept my reality is simply too painful.
With individuals who have a difficult time accepting me — because of my invisible disability — I have come to accept that I need to practice live and let live with those individuals. By practicing live and let live I am able to accept my reality with out berating my worth and value. With my awareness I have come to realize that I need practice detachment with love. For further insight please read my article, Who Am I? Detachment is not about keeping people out of my life, it is about keeping me in my life.
Through being who I am while allowing other people to be who they are I can create a win / win outcome. I can also choose to limit the amount of time that I spend with individuals who have a difficult time accepting me — for whatever reason. I need to remember that a persons lack of acceptance is not about me. It is about their lack of acceptance. With this awareness, I can let people believe what they want to believe without owning their lack of acceptance.
Please read Part 3 for context. Thank you.
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