Certain days I am reminded more than others. Whether I reach for the radio to change the station, grab my watch to adjust the time, or just bend over to try and tie my own shoe it feels like a hammer to my face knocking; “You can’t do that anymore Kirk!” I’m trying to break lifelong habits. For 22 years I’ve done things a certain way, and now I have to relearn them. If you think it’s hard to stop biting your nails, you can’t possibly imagine!
I’ll be the first to admit that there’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not that I can’t do these things anymore, instead I have to do it in a different manner. Like a simple zipper on my jacket, for instance, I attached a zip tie creating a thumb loop and now I can unzip on my own. Or making breakfast in the morning. I just have my brother around and it’s done for me. I actually kind of enjoy trying to figure out ways to make things easier. It’s as if everything is a big puzzle. Luckily for me, I’m not the first to go through all this. Many people have come up with different adaptive tools to make daily tasks such as eating or transferring in and out of a car 1 trillion times easier. Hell, they even have stuff now available to open jars!
The moral of the story here is that it may be easier to dwell on the large things that frustrate you, but focusing on the simple successes will carry you forward.