No matter who you are - whatever your situation may be, - motivation is hardly ever constant. We all have trouble, sometimes, keeping that high drive to achieve [something.] Which is how I think Bruno Mars’ cheesy hit, “Lazy Song,” came about… Anyway -
Just recently, I met a great group of folks who became disabled later in life. We got together because I am often asked by newly disabled people “How do I go back to living my life?” Naturally, I would respond by sharing information on the independent living philosophy/movement/culture, and how it’s totally possible to live a self-directed life [again.] But they want live/personal experiences, not [historical] facts. Only knowing a life with my disability, I can never answer that question sufficiently. So I decided to make a day out of this. Investigate the organizations that serve that demographics, and facilitate a panel, and entitle it: “Adjusting to Life with a New Disability.” Appealing, right?
This panel turned out to be a group discussion/support. But it was great, nonetheless! There were four panelists; half with traumatic brain injuries and the other half were in vehicular accidents, resulting in spinal cord injuries. They each had their own unique perspective. But I noticed one commonality was motivation. Seeking it, or acknowledging it, and making it last. And something we all had in common was how important “the little things in life” are.
Appreciating the smallest accomplishments keeps us grounded but with a better understanding of where we’ve come from.