Being paralyzed is difficult. Many people don't realize or think about some of the things that I go through on a daily basis. I struggle with not being able to do things for myself. Even simple, little things like not being able to feed myself, brush my hair, or wash my face become more complicated and daunting tasks just because someone else is doing for me. It is exhausting for me to sit in my wheelchair all day and not be able to just get up and do the things that I want to do. Unless someone is or has been paralyzed, there is no true way that they will ever know what it is like. However, I do encourage many people to try to experience as best they can what it is like not to be able to move.
I encourage all of you reading to take five minutes out of your day. My challenge to you is to sit still for those entire five minutes. That means no scratching itches, moving the hair out of your face, repositioning for comfort etc. After you have completed this challenge, whether you finished successfully or failed miserably, I want you to think about what it would be like not being able to move for the rest of the day, week, month, year or even for the rest of your life. Think about having other people (i.e. caregivers, your family, spouse) do everything for you.
I have proposed this idea before, but I'm not sure if anyone tried it. This time I want to hear feedback. I want to know what you thought about not being able to move for just five minutes, let alone for the rest of your life. I'm not saying that I'm not going to be able to move for the rest of my life. I'm just proposing the idea for others to think about what people with disabilities (especially those with paralysis) go through on a day-to-day basis.