I have learned so much from being in a wheel chair. This temporary perspective has changed my view of life, and I hope that you can learn these lessons other ways.
These are the lessons I learned.
I learned that sometimes the best way to make changes, in this instance, is to sit down to take a stand; that the only way to get where you need to be is to understand- where you are, where you've been, and where you're going- and that knowing these things allows you to make the changes.
I've learned that the people who are best equipped to make changes, are the ones who have experienced the problem.
I've learned that if people must look down on you, your smile and charisma must raise you up to their eye level.
I've learned that if you cannot use your legs, your words must carry you further, and carry more weight than ever.
I have learned that if you cannot use your arms, your heart must reach further to touch others and hand yourself things.
I've learned that if you cannot trust your mind, that you must trust others implicitly, and that learning to trust others, is the surest sign you trust yourself.
I've learned that if you must get places, if you must do something or say something or think something, that if it is worth this great effort, than you might as well go full way.
I've learned that a broken body, a broken heart, a broken soul, and a broken mind are much more different than I thought, and you can survive with just one piece of your puzzle and spend the rest of your time repairing the others.
I've learned that if you had the energy to get sick, you must find within yourself the energy to get better.