We are about a week into the new year and everyone around us is plugging away at those 2017 resolutions. Getting fit, travel, relationships… everyone seems to be focused on making this year “their year”.
However, as a person with a disability, resolutions may seem like an able bodied concept. Working out, seeing the world, meeting someone new? Come on, are those things I can be working towards?
Yes, yes, and yes!
Trach, feeding tube, and wheelchair aside, I have every right to create, pursue, and achieve resolutions just like everyone else. It may look a little different or require a unique perspective but, in the end, 2017 is our year as well.
Let’s look at getting fit, getting healthy. The first thing we typically think of is going to the gym, trendy workout programs or diets. Sure, many PWD’s can use a typical gym and that’s great. If you’re someone that can, independently or with assistance, I encourage you to go for it.
If using traditional gym equipment is just not possible, think outside the box. Modify a plan that works for you, try yoga or deep breathing exercises, take walks or rolls outside… and let’s not forget dieting. Health restrictions may not allow you to do a traditional diet but, ridding yourself of one bad food item is a great goal.
Travel is another resolution that’s pretty high on the list of many. Although it is challenging, accessible travel is a very doable goal. There are many resources that can help with making your travel experience enjoyable.
Keep in mind the various forms of travel that are available to you. Air travel, train, bus, auto, public transportation and, even paratransit are options. You don’t have to fly across the country to set travel goals. Exploring your city is definitely resolution worthy.
Then we have relationship goals which, is probably a blog topic on its own. Considering some of the challenges we as people with disabilities overcome, dating resolutions can appear to be unachievable. It doesn’t have to be.
Developing friendships, volunteering, taking a class, community involvement, can all serve as a springboard to meeting new people and possibly connecting with that special someone. Online dating is another available option.
At the end of the day, our challenges are real with each one affecting much of our daily life. Yet, that shouldn’t stop us from jumping on the resolution bandwagon. This year, 2017, will be an exceptional year… For all of us.
What are your new years resolutions?