Reflection Essay: Living Life With Disabilities

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The topic of disabilities is difficult, however, even more, difficult is living life with a disability. This weekend I was able to experience firsthand how difficult living with a disability can be. Though I was able to experience something I would have never considered doing, I want to emphasize that this was a choice. In being a choice, I recognize that my experience will never carry the weight of those who endure any type of disability day in and day out without a choice. In our current time with the vast amount of change, we face as a society it is critical that experiences such as mine in this simulation experience are discussed across a broad audience. It is through such experiences and discussions that we as a society can better support…show more content…
As I process how I would perform this assignment, I concluded that I was not going to use my left hand. It sounded simple; do not use my hand for a weekend. I could have not been more wrong. It seemed like everything that I need to complete involved having the use of both hands. Cooking, helping my children, even simple tasks such as changing the channel with the remote required that I use both hands for one reason or another. This really became a challenge leaving the house with my family as I attempted to use only my right hand while at Costco. It seemed as if everybody was looking at me oddly, wondering why I could not put the pack of chicken in the sack with either hand, or why I was attempting to push the cart with one hand while using the same hand to direct them as we…show more content…
Through this experience, I was able to not only gain a deeper appreciation for my abilities, but I was able to gain a much deeper respect for those with disabilities. And while I thought that I already had a high level of respect for those with disabilities, my level of respect for those with disabilities has drastically increased. As I attempted to complete the full 2 days of limitation and failed only making it a few hours into my second day, I quickly began worrying about my grade. However, I then began to think of how selfish my thoughts were, as this experience provided me glimpse into the realities of millions that I otherwise would never have. As I continued with this train of thought, I also began to think about those who deal with much more severe disabilities than I could ever imagine having, that do not give up. In not finishing the two full days, I felt weak. However, this feeling of weakness opened my eyes and allowed me to process my feelings on a deeper level, as I began to think of what my true strengths are as a person. As I write this paper reflecting on the experience and how silly I felt throughout the day and a half without the use of my hand, I can say that I truly appreciate this experience and the awkward feelings, as they have presented me with a new perception that will forever use to view
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