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I Struggle Everyday

8 comments | March 20th, 2012

(story submitted anonymously, by a 20 yo Chestist)

Sometimes we're held back by things within our individual control, and sometimes by things outside our control.  And then sometimes the things that might hold us back actually push us forward.  Here's her story:

My disability feels like a lead weight around my ankle.

Thanks to my ADD, it takes me so much longer to do anything than it does my friends. It takes more effort to pay attention to everything, even just a conversation. I'm in college, at a public university with classes commonly as large as 500 students. I want to go to vet school, one of the hardest professional programs to get into. I struggle every day. I never get a break.
And sometimes? I feel like I'm just lazy. Or that I don't work hard enough. That I'm using it as a crutch. It doesn't help when people say that it isn't a real disability or even anything other than looking for an excuse to fail.

But the thing is, as much as it breaks me down, beats at my confidence, makes me completely hopeless? I'm going to succeed.

I'm going to get into vet school, graduate, and be the best vet I can. I'm going to be a role model for little kids who hear their diagnosis and are told that they can't succeed in academia, that most of us won't make it through college with decent grades, that we're not good enough. I'm going to be someone who defied the odds and made it. Because I can't do anything less. {end story}

First, some big OOC props to the writer for not letting anything get in the way of what she wants and who she wants to be.  Second, let's talk about you.  Ever felt like there's a lead weight around your life that keeps you from being what you want to be?  Ever felt like there's no way that lead weight is going to keep you down?  How'd you keep on pushing ahead?  The things that should keep us down – but don't.  Let's #discuss.

 

8 comments

  • Anonymous

    Posted on March 20, 2012

    I regret certain choices I’ve made and there are times when I feel like they are the “lead weight around my life”. What if I had made different decisions? Or just decided not to decide? Where would I be? Would it be better? Would I be?

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    • Blue Skies

      Posted on March 20, 2012

      You are where you are because of those decisions. If you don’t like where you are make new ones – it’s just rare that we can take the old ones back.

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  • Blue Skies

    Posted on March 20, 2012

    Good for you for using your A.D.D. as a reason to succeed and not as a reason not to!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 2 young kids teach me

    Posted on March 20, 2012

    Just Sunday, our kids asked to see pictures of people without arms and legs. I kind of thought it was a weird request but we found such inspiring videos on YouTube of people without limbs, running, jumping, living fully. The things that are most capable of keeping us down are the things we let keep us down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted on March 20, 2012

    I have add and IT IS a “real disability”.

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  • Kitty

    Posted on March 20, 2012

    I can’t imagine why someone would think they know more about your disability than you do. Do not let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do! You are doing great. Stay strong and avoid people who try to talk about things they do not understand! You are inspiring. Thanks. Made my day.

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