One of my friends once said to me, "Why do I have to pay for what you've lived?"
That made me think. (happens every now and then:))
We all have baggage. Our parents' parents have baggage that is then transmitted to our parents who then transmit it to us and we, in turn, to our kids.
When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Look past the physical presence straight to the heart of who you are as a person. Squirming or satisfied?
I've said before, I can't stand when people call me "Dear." It's condescending. It's insulting. Jordan's first audiologist consistently called me "dear" during the most difficult period of my life. She treated me like a subservient, brainless, twit of an American mother in ripped jeans shorts without a clue in life...and all the while I was busting my ass teaching Jordan to grow. I have a little problem with being called "dear."
When I see people say such things like:
"Move F O R W A R D!"
It reminds me of when I was being told to accept the circumstances as a deaf child. When I was told that crying was not acceptable when you felt you didn't fit in. When I was told that I would have to lip-read for the rest of my life. When I was told many things but never informed of a visual language and a deaf culture.
Jeff interpreted my words based on his *baggage*
I am sorry you were offended, my "move forward" intended to say that it is possible to bring about change while still being respectful of the divergent viewpoints of others.
Rachel has lived her experiences, many of which she blogs about on www.cochlearimplantonline.com and has turned her baggage into passion. She writes, illustrates, photographs her emotions and helps others along the way by using her voice.
Aidan channels her energy into creative filmmaking to express herself and her experience as a Deaf Woman...with passion.
When you take your baggage, analyze it, accept it and transform it into passion for the purpose of helping others...that is Power.
Only then, can you move forward.