Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Microstory 348: Physical Independence

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Freedom from Persecution

Physical independence is all about being able to take care of yourself. Not everyone is capable of living without the help of others. I’m not talking about emotional support, and I’m not saying that living independently means that you don’t ever need anyone ever. This isn’t about building a cottage in the middle of the woods and becoming a hermit. This actually applies more often than not to the elderly. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to medical issues that can lower your quality of life. Things that were once simple are suddenly quite difficult, and that can be extraordinarily frustrating. It’s important to remember, when and if you reach this point, that your life will have to change in order to accommodate complications that are out of your control. No one is immune to change. We all make sacrifices, and we must all adjust and adapt to external forces. This is sometimes a bad thing, but not always. One benefit of not being able to safely operate an oven anymore, for instance, is not having to cook. All you have to do is kick back and let people wait on you. Take these changes in stride, and remember that they mark a new chapter, not the end. Physical independence is as much about knowing your limitations as it is about being self-sufficient. Know what you can do on your own, and when to ask for help, even if you have been doing something in particular all your life. I heard a story earlier today about a man who was deeply injured in a vehicular collision that could have been avoided if the other driver had been more prudent. He or she was just too old to be driving. Either they or their passenger lost their life because of it. The real problem is that the man who was not at fault could have been killed as well. So it wasn't really fair of the instigator to have been behind the wheel just because they technically carried a license. With independence so should come wisdom.


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