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We are in lockdown, but we will be free

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For years society has pushed me and the rest of the disabled, almost to the point of giving up. Now, with the new self-isolation and quarantine rules, some of you out there might think that this might be too much for who’s not able-bodied. I’m happy to say, you’re wrong. I’m here to tell you a secret – you possess the combination of your life’s freedom.

People ask me questions such as: Is loneliness difficult for you? Yes. Do loneliness and self-isolation affect you? Yes. Through no fault of my own, I’m unable to have any “over the office cubicle” relationships. For those who are new to this new age of isolation, I know that you might be feeling angry and dark. That’s okay, just don’t forget to be positive and remember to shave. There are negative effects, yes, but for every negative, lonely affect there are always more positive life enhancements. Will there be pain and hardship? You’re darn right. How you choose to handle it, is not up to your phone, fashion trend or the latest viral video on Instagram. It’s up to you! As I sit here writing this article with one finger, I’m alone. My body aches, I’m hungry, have a headache and could go to the washroom. Being alone, I must wait for several hours, for help to arrive. I could sit here and complain, but who would listen. The last thing I want to do is annoy my service dog. (she holds all the power while tugging on my coat sleeve) I could stop writing and feel sorry for myself. This will not do anything except let the pain and agony take over me. Instead, by embracing all of my daily discomforts, this will create a stronger, brighter, and possibility-filled future. So, get up, scratch something and give back to your life. If you’re wondering how you can help me, don’t. Help yourself. Go have a shower, because we don’t want the new normal, to smell like two skunks in heat. This lights my soul and shows me that I, along with the rest of the people in the world, have the ability to overcome anything that is put in our life’s path.

Life is here. We own it. The sooner we understand, respect and embrace it, the sooner society will once again make sense. For the majority of my life, I have sat and will continue to do so. It is said that sitting, is the new smoking. How do I ensure that I don’t get sick? By keeping my mind and soul, free and full of unlocked potential. Right now, the majority of us are in self-isolation. Do not let this become a deterrent to you or to those around you. Rather, this is like a self re-awakening.

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We are in lockdown, but we will be free

For years society has pushed me and the rest of the disabled, almost to the point of giving up. Now, with the new self-isolation and quaran