Ahhh! Summer, my favorite time of year, even with all the skinned knees.
Enjoy this replay of all the little risks we take to Live Fully With Disability.
I fell three times last week, twice in one evening. All times on my knees, as usual. In a way, it’s a good thing. A lifetime of falling on my knees has resulted in pretty tough knees!
All three falls are a great representation of why I typically fall – the first because I was concerned about my son being upset and forgot about the little dip in our driveway; the second because I was more physically tired; and the third, no explanation – went to put the blueberries on the kitchen counter and BOOM, I was down.
Part of Living Fully With Disability, for me, includes embracing falls and learning to no longer feel embarrassed by all the times my knees have met the ground.
So how are skinned knees connected to diving boards and ice cream cones?
While I learned to let go of my embarrassment of falling, it took me a bit longer to let go of wanting to hide the bandaged and scabbed knees. I love wearing shorts and dresses that go to the knee. Yet, with usually both knees bandaged, I felt like a kindergartener going to work. How many adults do you see moving around with their knees all taped up?
Then I realized why was I caring about how my knees looked? Why was I allowing it to determine the clothes I wore?
Aren’t those skinned knees a symbol of Living Fully With Disability, of being out and about and living life? And living life, enjoying it, taking risks, doing what we want, don’t we all sometimes have either an actual or metaphoric fall?
Our bandages, scrapes, and bruises are symbols of not being held back by disability and taking risks.
Which leads me to the diving boards and ice creams cones…
The “art” of enjoying both, every though you may look very awkward and messy doing so. Over the weekend, I did both and have the diving board and the ice cream cone videos to prove it. Trust me, I don’t show it because I dying to have you see me in a bathing suit. It’s to show how sometimes it’s the little things that when we can let go of how we look and how we do if differently from most, launches us into Living Fully With Disability, skinned knees and all.
So, what’s your “diving board” that you can plunge into this summer by risking to Live Fully With Disability?
Editor’s note on the video: due to connection problems, we don’t have the clearest shots AND we lost connection just as I did the plunge, but you’ll get the idea.