For the next 6-8 weeks, I am wearing a cast on my left foot because of a stress fracture. This requires that I use crutches and/or a knee scooter so that I do not put any weight on my foot. The knee scooter allows me more freedom, than crutches, to get around almost anywhere but it is not without its shortcomings.
This experience has opened my eyes to how difficult it is for people who are physically challenged to participate in a world made for physically capable people. I will spend the next 6-8 weeks trying to maneuver with my scooter but there will be a time when I will be able to walk, ride bike and move about freely again. I am now more aware than ever, that there are a vast number of people who will always be limited and restricted by their physical issues. They will have to struggle with stairs; crowds, out of the way elevators and limited accessibility to events the able-bodied people take for granted.
This time has given me an opportunity to recognize how often I look over and around people who are being challenged everyday by their physical restrictions. I am totally grateful to the people who have noticed when I have struggled to open a door or have offered to carry things for me. How about you? Are you so caught up in your life and circumstances that you do not notice the struggle of others? Do you really “see” people and their needs? This experience has opened my eyes to become more aware of people and their struggles and offer a helping hand in order to make their life easier.