Due to being and crutches and by thereof surrendering my mobility, within the last couple of weeks I have come to appreciate the liberty of having one's own independence . However, the independence that I am referring to is not one of civil rights or having anything to do with that nature. No, the independence I am talking of is the , and to not have to always depend and rely on others. blessing to do things yourself
In our society it seems like there is a cycle. From birth to young childhood we tend to rely
on others. We ask for help in what can seem like very basic tasks. Yet as we grow older we tend to depend more solely on ourselves. Sure, we ask for help on our math homework and with things we don't understand, but most every-day tasks we are able to complete all on our own. There are the exceptions but come on, all of us are fully capable if we put all laziness aside. And then we begin to come full circle. As we approach the end of our lives, we tend to fall back into the ways of when we were infants. Not always out of desire, but as we grow old we yet again have to depend on others, furthermore losing our independence.
This "do it yourself" attitude can off the bat be perceived as somewhat stuck-up, but for me, I cannot wait until I don't have to ask my mom to help me with absolutely everything. Frankly, I feel like a child
. There is the ever classic saying that says "You don't know what you have until you lose it", which I have found to be absolutely true. For me, I have taken for granted the use of my legs. Because you never really understand how far away your backpack is - far away meaning all of three feet - until you either have to bug your parents or sister to help you - all of whom have better things to do with their lives - or the exhausting alternative of spending a hefty four minutes just getting your leg off the couch, standing, getting to your crutches, and then making the ever treacherous journey over to your backpack. Yes, by all means I am complaining. But this rather tedious dependence on others makes me feel rather useless. Of course I can still do things on my own, but at what expense? For lack of time and strength, and for the sake of saving myself the pain, I have to ask for help. But I can assure you am counting the days until I can walk to the next room to retrieve whatever item I forgot.
~ "The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. " - Denis Waitley
~ "The first of earthly blessings, independence." ~ Edward Gibbon