Be Aware of the People Around You
It doesn’t matter where you are, take a moment & look around you. Disabilities and health struggles aren’t always, and often not, obvious. But believe me, everybody at one time or another has something going on that’s either troubling, or hindering their quality of life in some way. That’s why it’s so important to be kind & helpful to people wherever you are.
So… you’re the lucky one whose health and well being is flourishing? Well, guess what… you’re probably the one least likely to notice those who are trying to cope with quite the opposite. It’s okay, I was just like you, and it wasn’t that long ago.
I had my own health battles to fight when I first began noticing I wasn’t alone. Kindness begins with awareness. Like opening a door for someone pushing a wheelchair. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get through a door with a wheelchair? Probably not, well it’s brutal! That person with a cane or walking slow through a supermarket parking lot would really appreciate someone offering them a cart to hang on to. Nobody wants to use a walker, that’s like admitting you need one…. but a shopping cart works the same.
I remember a few things during what I prefer to call my dark period, so to speak. First and foremost, how nice so many people were, especially in places where I never would’ve expected. For example, someone in a supermarket parking lot stopped to help put my groceries into the trunk of my car, then returned my cart. A teenager in a Walmart aisle grabbed a heavy item off a shelf for me and put it in my cart, never said a word either. The point is, these people noticed I was struggling & helped without me asking. Honestly, during that period in my life those caring gestures meant everything to me.
Life isn’t fair, we all know that. Just remember, in real life sh*t happens, so be there for someone today, someday you’ll understand why.