Monday, July 20, 2015

Freedom and Independence Part 2

At the beginning of the summer, in one of my dance workshops, we talked about the difference between core movement or constricted movement and expansive movement or distal movement. That has to do a lot with what I have discovered over the years because as I’ve grown into the person I am today I’ve learned that there are constrictions and freedoms to just about everything you do in life. There is a song called “I am Woman” from the 70's that expresses the singer's gratefulness for being independent about her life and that she is a capable person. This song fits me perfectly this month because I’m getting ready for the next step in my life. 

At the end of August, I will be moving into my own ranch townhouse which is a perfect example of the way I have progressed when it comes to my independence and a perfect way to end this blog or first chapter of my independent life. Over the years, like this woman, I have learned a lot about myself, grown as an individual and realized what’s really important in life. Even though I will be closing the first chapter of my independent life I want to continue writing a blog because it is a way for me to help others, along with getting my thoughts out through a forum where I can express myself. I am extremely grateful for all of your love, support, and encouragement over nearly six years of living on my own. It all hasn’t been easy and the road hasn’t always been smooth, but I wouldn’t change it for the world because it helped me to become a more confident and independent person like the woman in the song, like she says in the two lines at the end of the first verse:
“And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again”
Just like the song says, even though I’ve gotten far in my life, I know there is still a long, long way to go, and that is another reason why I want to continue writing my blog.
Before I end this blog I would like to share one more story about finding ways to become more independent and find a way to maintain some privacy.  As you know from either your own experience or from what I have told you, when you have a physical disability it is very hard to keep things private especially if you need a lot of physical assistance from others.  But one very efficient way to get some privacy if you don’t want other people to hear your conversation is to use technology to your advantage. Try to text or email some one instead of a regular conversation face to face if you are able.  I am not saying face to face conversation isn’t important but if you need privacy this is a great way to get it. 
Do you have any ideas, as my readers, for my next blog title, before I close the key on this chapter and open a new one? 
With  Love and gratitude,

Ps.  Look for one more post for this blog.

1 comment:

Jessica Martin said...

I have been reading your monthly blogs for 6 years. This has been a healthy way for you to express yourself and to communicate with your friends and family. I applaud your commitment to this task. I have laughed and cried with you and I have watched you grow and struggle. That is life Jessi and you are brave to share your thoughts ad feelings with others. Many people can learn from your experiences if they take the time to read. I have an idea for a new name for your blog. I know you want to keep the same purple color for your bedroom so how about "PURPLE PAD RANCHETTE" Your new home feels like a small ranch home. How does that name sound to you? Think about it. XOXO Mom