For many years — as an individual living with a brain injury and an invisible disability – I found myself being misunderstood, maligned and manipulated because I was unable to accept my reality. In turn, I internalized the contempt that was shown toward me by the people who misunderstood and maligned who I was as an individual.
As I shared in the previous parts of this series, I have learned several important lessons through my experience. Through confronting my denial, grieving my reality and by learning to accept myself in my reality, I have been able to stop fighting against myself. By learning to accept myself in my reality I have been able to stop struggling to be someone who I am not – an individual who is not living with a brain injury and an invisible disability with limitations.
By learning to accept who I am – not someone who I am not — I have been able to change the way in which I interact with individuals who show that they are unable to accept who I am in my reality. By accepting who I am in my reality and that there are people who can not accept who I am in my reality, I have been able to change my focus. Instead of seeking approval and validation — from people who are unable or unwilling for whatever reason — I have been able to…
keep the focus on me, and stop going to hardware stores looking to find bread. I have been able to practice the principle of live, and let live and I have been able to move on with my life — because I “get it”.
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