To me, a community is a place where people when common interest and/or afflictions come to gather and talk about their interests and or issues. Two communities I am proud to be a member of are the writing community and the Cerebral Palsy group. Joining a number of Cerebral Palsy groups on Facebook was possibly one of the best decisions I could have made. I use these communities to vent and share coping techniques. More often than not, I prefer to use these groups as a way to teach others how to live their best lives. I know from experience that living with a physical disability can be very hard and straining on the body, mind, and soul.
It can play tricks even on the sharpest of minds and can wear down even the strongest of bodies to a weak point. It is very important to have a close-knit group of friends who can relate to the stress and fatigue our bodies endure on a daily basis. It is also important for our community to keep a level-headed sort of attitude as well. If we don’t keep our heads above water, we will be quick to be sucked under a rushing current of water. If you are not extra cautious, the water will quickly fill your lungs and consume every inch of you. Also, let’s face it, we all need the encouragement sometimes, disabled or not.
We need other people to support us in our dreams and remind us that our flaws are universal. Nobody is perfect, but we all need a reminder that we are valued and loved during our time on earth. Both the writing and disability communities that I am a member of do a fantastic job of reminding about how important my purpose on Earth is. I may only be typing words on a document, but to someone out there, my words mean the world. To someone out there, my words will inspire and light someone’s fire.
My fellow disabled community members will always have my back no matter the duration and severity of my struggle. They will always be there to celebrate the good times and the successes with me as well. Just knowing these simple things allows me to keep going. To keep pushing forward with my dreams, no matter how dismal, dark, and lonely it may feel at times. I know there must be flooding rains sometimes in order for the sun to shine again. The good news is I know I won’t always be in the dark.
They will be there when my life story is finally published and complete. They will be there to purchase it and support me. They will be there to appreciate all of the hard work and time I put into my words. They will be there to marvel in all of the pages. This is one of the greatest feelings. It is always nice to know that no matter what, the support will remain. Yes, even through my crazy and bitchy moments. Despite my incredibly light and positive demeanor, there are times when I can fly off the handle, too. What can I say? I am only human. I can only wear the superhero cape for so long before I rip it off and become aggressive like the incredible hulk. It doesn’t happen often at all, but I appreciate those who have also seen this side of me and have supported me through it regardless and without judgement.
To be honest, I do not know what I would do without my two solid communities in my life. They have supported me and kept me grounded through the worst storms and have built me up during my happy moments. This means the world to me, and I cannot thank everyone enough for never leaving my side, even when I am angry and emerge as the Incredible Hulk and want to destroy everything in my wake. You guys are the real stars! Thanks for helping me get and keep my shine!