I was forced to quit work as a legal assistant, my education and dream of a career as an insurance adjuster at age 40, due to a rare neurological disease and resulting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
At that moment, I lost my identity and became “disabled”. I am on a permanent disability pension.
That underlying definition stayed with me for 10 years until about 6 am this morning when I read 2 words in a Facebook comment or blog post. I wish I could remember where I saw it so I could credit the author.
The author suffers from fibromyalgia. The 2 words she wrote were “ability challenged”. I pondered this concept all day and realized my self-designated disabled label was a negative connotation, rather than a positive. Although I have lived my life always seeking what I can do, rather than what I can’t, the mental appellation remained.
Are we not all “ability challenged” from the second we emerge from the womb? Consider all the challenges a baby faces in the 1st year: rolling over, hand-eye coordination, sitting, crawling, walking and even talking (my oldest son said his first word “pretty” at 9 months).
Fast forward to today. You want to commence your freelance writing career. I was “ability challenged” when I began mine. I knew I could write, but nothing about the field or how to my get my foot in. Note I did not say “capability challenged”.
The same holds true for you. Like an infant taking his first steps, the baby, you and I are not “capability challenged”. We all just need to learn how to negotiate our chosen world with courage and tenacity.
This is one of the reasons I am writing Virtual Freelance Writer ~ Real Income. Together we will banish doubts regarding our abilities and embrace our capabilities.
Virtual Freelance Writer ~ Coming Summer 2013