I remember a time when I didn't have to place much thought on what my body could or couldn't do. When I awoke, I would spring from my bed and my body would move in effortless motion throughout the day. Now things have changed. It's believed that the average person has somewhere between 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. I am pretty sure that people with a disability are on the high side of those numbers, including me. I have to think about everything! Randomness is no friend of the disabled . To do things on the spur of the moment is non-existent in my life. So here are three extra thoughts that swirl around my brain on a daily basis:
1. I always have to think about the way I walk. Gone is the spontaneity of moving from place to place. My brain consistently repeats the words....heel....toe....heel....toe, since I walk with a drop foot. In my earlier life, walking was just going from point A to point B. The points are still the same, but the journey is very different.
2. Where's that cane? I use a cane for extra support and a sense of balance, yet sometimes I can walk without it. However, that can change in the blink of an eye. With that being said, I'm always forgetting where I put it. I know that people misplace glasses and other items all the time, but my forgetfulness is going to cause me to fall flat on my face .
3. Always a nagging thought is what is the best way to navigate a store, restaurant, or just about anyplace. The days of grabbing the keys and motoring around town without a care in the world are over. Mindless shopping trips are a thing of the past. I'm still able to drive, but my trips have to be planned and calculated. I have to know how far a stores door is from the handicapped parking spaces, where the shopping carts are, and where the bathrooms are located. That could explain my love of Amazon so much.
There you have it, my thought count is up to 70,000 and 3.
What thoughts nag at you?