Rebecca uses a GPS to navigate everywhere. I never, ever use them. I am an old fashioned lady.
(Yep. Pretty close approximation to what I see in the mirror).
I would much rather look up on a map (Google maps, I'm not THAT old fashioned), and know where I am going whereas Rebecca can blindly trust the talking machine. I can rely on my sense of direction fairly accurately whereas Rebecca would end up in outer Mongolia if she attempted to try to rely on hers. We will never agree on the use of the GPS.
And that is okay.
A wise blogger by the name of Mary Evelyn over at What Do You Do, Dear? recently wrote about her son getting his new wheelchair and in the post she said that "[he] only needed the right tools. Just like you and me". Of course, Mary Evelyn with her wise words has caused me to think. Well done, M.E.
We do all need different tools. For Rebecca, it is the GPS. For me, I'd rather a proper map.
I have other friends as well as Rebecca. One of my other friends is named Heidi. Heidi and me have been friends since high school. Throughout life, I was a dancer and Heidi was a musician. Then fate dealt a cruel hand.
Within twenty-four hours of each other, I lost function of the left side of my body and never properly regained it. Heidi lost hearing in her left ear. She has never regained it.
I am angry at my friend's disability.
I think it is unfair. I also think it could've possibly been reversed with hyperbaric treatment. My mum is a hyperbaric specialist and has successfully reverse multiple cases of sudden onset hearing loss. I think it would've been at least worth a try. My mum was very keen to try. But by the time Heidi was properly diagnosed, it was too late. I am angry and frustrated that my mum and I didn't fight harder; we didn't talk to her parents; we didn't really believe what was happening...
She wears a hearing aid now. She only got it recently.
We only need the right tools.
I still make sure I go outside and dance in the rain. Heidi can still play music, she adapted. We learn to adapt: it's the name of the game.
What tools especially help you get through life? (Red wine is an acceptable answer...)