One challenge that can stand in the way of people living with cerebral palsy, or any sort of condition is feeling like a burden. That is, a person becomes filled with thoughts or feelings of guilt that they have to depend on people to take them places. I know how rough and taxing this can be on the psychological and emotional areas of ones life.
As people like to say though your not alone.
I’ve tried driving, and would like to say that I got pretty good at it, while driving on a open road. I was so blessed to have a encouraging occupational therapist, but even she had to put the optimism and encouraging words aside and tell me that it wasn’t safe for to drive right now.
My startle reflex is so bad, due to sudden loud noises and some days it takes a bit for my mind and body to warm up and communicate well. But she did encourage me to try again down the road. Which I very much plan on doing. Google is even working on a self-drive car, which would be awesome to have as a means of transportation.
That however could take quite awhile, so what do we do when the thought of feeling like a “burden” appears? Well, 1) you keep on working on improving your life, you can keep practicing your driving skills, for those of us that live in states that have better public transportation, that is a great option, perhaps even have the state hire a driver for you. But by all means never stop improving your life.
2) As cliche as this is, remember that everything happens for a reason. People in the church I used to attend would tell me that, picking me up for church or taking me to different events actually blesses them. Interesting point huh? I believe the reason behind this statement, is that I always try and listen to people and offer what wisdom and encouragement I can. Perhaps that is what blesses them. I’m not fully sure.
3) Bless others with a bit of gas money, or offer to buy them food or coffee.
Lastly, what if people seemed weighed down, by the fact that they have to help us? First, know that the problem has everything to do with something going on inside them and has nothing to do with you as a person. Know that you are a cherished and beloved soul, who has great worth and value, and no one can ever take that from you. So hold your head up high, and constantly seek to bless others before yourselves.