Living with limitations can leave you and I believing that we are stupid. That we are less than and insignificant because we do not fit into a prescribed “mold”.
How Did this Happen to Me
In life you may have sustained a debilitating illness or you may have been in an accident that has left you with a disability or disabilities. These disabilities and limitations may prevent or interfere with your ability to fit into a “prescribed” societal mold or expectation. Consequently, you may find yourself frustrated by your set of set of circumstances.
Because of Our Circumstances
Because of our circumstances and frustrations we may find ourselves focusing on our limitations and inabilities. In the process, we may feel stuck in a system that reinforces our feelings of inadequacy and insignificance. In the process, we may be led to believe that they must be “right”.
In the process, we may begin to or continue to doubt ourselves.
Growing up you and I may have been told that we will never amount to anything. Such lingering messages may reinforce our feelings of inferiority.
You may have a “system” that is telling you that unless you fit into their “mold” for you, you can not and will never be enough. Consequently, you may find yourself feeling stupid, less than, inadequate and insignificant because of what you are unable to do or accomplish with your life.
You and I Don’t Have to Fit into Their “Mold” for Us
The Good News is that We can Create our Own Mold.
The good news is that you and I do not have to fit into other people’s molds to feel good about ourselves.
By realizing that we don’t have to fit into their “expectations” or “molds”, we are given a new freedom.
A freedom to create and build our own “mold”.
Several years ago I wrote an articles Living My Life with a Brain Injury, but Whose Life am I Really Living?
In this article I shared 14 questions. Answering these questions helped me to discover and create my own mold. The answers to these quesions helped me to achieve what I thought I was incapable of achieving.
Below are the 14 questions.
In the event that you are being led to believe that you are stupid, less than or inadequate, I would encourage you to answer these questions.
Answer the questions for yourself.
The answers to these questions may help you to begin to create your own mold.
The answer to these questions may help you achieve what you thought you were incapable of achieving.
Am I waiting for someone to define my truth?
Am I waiting for someone to tell me what to do?
Have I been living someone else’s truth?
Is that truth working for me?. Is that truth leaving me frustrated with my life?
Does that truth leave me feeling out-of-place; like a fish out of water?
If there was nothing “holding me back” what would I love to do with my life?
What is my truth and how can I live my truth?
Have I looked for a way(s) to live my truth?
What is keeping me from pursuing my truth?
How can I use my truth to live my life and follow my dreams?
Am I committed to finding ways to use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that will work for me?
How can I use my gifts, talents and abilities in ways that will work for me?
How can I use my gifts, talents and abilities to live my truth?
“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
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