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The M Squared Productions Podcast is a professional podcast producing entity headed by Marlon "Shymar Molinos, a podcaster for years whose goal is to provide content and information to the masses worldwide. Two shows under the umbrella of M Squared Productions are "The Groove Session, A show combining an advice column with top 40 hits and "The View from Chair Level" A talk show on disability-related topics and how to find the positives in each situation.
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The M Squared Productions Podcast is a professional podcast producing entity headed by Marlon "Shymar Molinos, a podcaster for years whose goal is to provide content and information to the masses worldwide. Two shows under the umbrella of M Squared Productions ar "The Groove Session, A show combining an advice column with top 40 hits and "The View from Chair Level" A talk show on disability-related topics and how to find the positives in each situation.

Oct 18, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View from Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

Featured Song: Cher Lloyd Ft. Becky G: Oath

Many people are reluctant to join support groups. But getting support isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a tool that can help you live a balanced and healthy life.

I totally agree with this statement because when you have a disability the issue of self confidence and self worth comes into question. Yes, having issues with self-confidence and low self-esteem affects everyone, not just those of us with disabilities. It’s just a lot more difficult for those with disabilities to accept and understand because most disabling conditions are hard to hide and are often what causes the low self-esteem and confidence issues.

I’ve dealt with those issues my whole life. Trying to overcome my own challenges everyday as the years passed help to build my self-esteem and gave me the confidence I needed to be out in my community and live a seemingly normal life.

Despite all of this, I still struggle with self-esteem and confidence issues because it’s a natural part of life. I often questioned why I was given this challenge and I often felt depressed and questioned my life as a whole.  As I sit here and reflect, I realized how hard I made things for my family. Always asking for help to do the simplest things until I joined my support group Special Olympics Guam, who showed me how to do things on my own with a few reasonable accommodations and modifications to my daily living.

They showed me a different way to look at a situation and tweak it to fit me. This is a lesson I use to this day.  

In previous episodes, I talked about having a support system and joining a group that promotes a positive message of inclusion is definitely a great way to build up ones confidence and self-esteem. 

Having that support group to talk to when you feel like life is putting you down is great to have because at times having a disability can be very difficult to accept especially when you get it through an accident of some sort. Being surrounded by people who have gone through similar traumatic situations who were able to get through them can help you see the light at the end of that proverbial tunnel.

Believe me, having a disability is not the end of the world. Just think of it as a brand new adventure. Take whatever time you need to mourn the loss of your previous life as an able bodied person and embrace the new life you have as a person with a disability. Lean on that support group to help show you how to live your new life. They will definitely give you a new perspective if you open yourself to this new adventure.   

Marlon Molinos – "it doesn't matter how a disability or situation is acquired. What matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it."

Sep 16, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View From Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

Featured Song: MKTO - American Dream

Many people with cerebral palsy find that the condition’s effects are lessened when they remain independent in their communities. If completely independent living isn’t an option, consider in home care. A caregiver can help with essential tasks like driving, dressing, and cooking, while helping you stay comfortably in your own home.

Living independently is definitely a great dream to have and for those who were able to achieve it, kudos to you.  I feel that Independent living doesn’t mean moving out of your childhood home and finding your own place. You can still live where you grew up and be independent.

I still live in my childhood home and despite that, I consider myself an independent person. Look at the benefits of living at home, there’s no rent, yes you pay for utilities but that’s what you do as an independent person. Leaching off on family to do everything for you including paying bills is not being independent, but living at home while you contribute to the bills, now that’s living independently. 

For me, being fully independent is getting an accessible vehicle and driving myself around. I do use the transit system and I’m grateful for it, but again it’s the fact that I have to depend on others to get me around instead of depending on myself.

The dream of driving may be one of those dreams that won’t come true, but for the most part I still consider myself an independent person.  Again it’s all about perception and how you see your situation. For example, if I were to just focus on the fact that I don’t drive as the reason why I don’t consider myself an independent person, then the mindset of not being independent will remain and hold me back, but if I focused on the other things in life that I do like going out and being involved in the community on my own then I can definitely say I’m living independently.

 Hearing negative thoughts are great to hear, so you can stay grounded and connected to your friends and family, but limit how much negative things you take in so you are still able to reach your dreams. If your goal is to live independently then change your mindset and start thinking that you are independent and do things on your own that you thought you weren’t able to do before like doing simple chores around the house. Start small and work your way up. Believe me, it took me years to get to the level of independence that I’m at today. It took a lot of time and patience for me to prove to my family and friends how independent I can be that I’ve been able to go out on my own to accomplish my goals of finishing college and establishing myself in my community.

Marlon Molinos – "it doesn't matter how a disability or situation is acquired. What matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it."

Apr 22, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View From Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

Featured Song: The Jacksons ~ Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)

Follow your healthcare team’s advice about diet and exercise. Staying healthy can help stave off any more illnesses related to old age.

I admit that this is something I agree with, but never do. I don’t have an excuse and I don’t plan on giving one. It boils down to one thing and for me it’s being motivated. I guess what would work for me is having someone there to push me. But I have to warn you, I'm a very stubborn guy. So what I do to stay as healthy as I can, or at least feel well enough to go on with my day, is control my diet and eating habits. Yes at times it gets a bit difficult to do, but for me it kind of works. Now I'm not saying that this is something you should do; what I'm telling you is to find a physical activity, or sport that you can get into that will help you stay healthy. Because if you find something to do that you love, especially if it's something that can help you stay healthy, then you will continue to stay active in that activity. I guess I still trying to find my activity or sport that I can immerse myself in that can help me stay healthy.

I do promise you one thing though, when I find that activity, or sport. I will make sure to continuously be active in that activity. For those of you who have found your sport, or activity all I was saying is keep it up because you remain an inspiration to everyone especially those with disabilities may feel that they still can't do anything.

Marlon Molinos – "it doesn't matter how disability, or a situation is acquired. What matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it."

Mar 23, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View From Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limit

Featured Song: DAVID GUETTA feat. ZARA LARSSON - This Ones For You

Anyone living with Cerebral Palsy (CP) needs a team that can work together to watch over their health long-term. This team may include an orthopedist to treat muscles and bone disorders, an occupational therapist to help develop therapies that help with everyday activities, a mental health provider, and a social worker to help with accessing services.

Having a team who has your back is great to have.  The team can give advice on ways that can help you navigate your life living with C.P. My team consists of my family (Dad, Mom, 4 siblings.) as well as my peers from Special Olympics whom I consider as my extended family.  You need to have that support system in place because living with cerebral palsy or any other disability, in general, can cause a high sense of insecurity in an individual with a disability. We are more aware of the things that we are lacking in life as we try to navigate it. Everybody has their insecurities, but believe me having a disability that is so obvious makes a person question their self-worth at times because we are often prejudged about our abilities, or lack thereof before we are even considered for a potential job or activity.

I know everybody has their insecurities and you might be asking yourself why is this guy bringing up insecurities so much? And the reason for that is because we are so aware of how people see us, that we feel more pressure to prove ourselves to the other individual. People say life isn't fair and often times that is true. It's our challenges in life that shape who we become as people in the community. When you're presented with a disability you have to ask yourself a question. Do I sit here and soak and let life pass me by, or do I get up and live life to the best of my ability? I chose the latter.

Having a support system, or "team" that has your best interest at heart is always the best thing to have. No one should navigate life on their own. Having a team gives you confidence, support, and humility. The reason why humility is in there is that when a person discovers they have a disability, they feel that the world owes them and that they can't do things without expecting support. I will say this again life isn't fair, so it's up to you to make do with what you have. If you feel you don't have that support system like family members and not many friends then make some friends. Find people who will tell you straight your face if you're doing things wrong, or if you're doing things right. People and the world don't owe us anything. We are living in this world like everyone else. We just have to live life differently than everyone else. You do have the right to feel the way you do as far as feeling like everyone owes you, but if you want to continue to have that support, you need to be able to work with each other and accept the differences that everyone has.  We can only survive if we have support and without the support then we can survive.

A team doesn't really have to be just family. I do have some friends with disabilities who may not have a supportive family system, so to them, I say find another form of support for yourselves. Remember we can't live life on our own. We need friends and support in order to survive, so remember, always have a heart and be considerate of others because, without their support, we will not survive. Life is not always gray. It's colorful and vibrant and yes we often never get what we want, but we often get what we need. We are never given anything we cannot handle, so remember, if you feel like you can't do things and if you feel like an activity is hard to do, find a different way to get it done.

"It doesn't matter how disability or situation is acquired. What matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it. – Marlon R. Molinos

Feb 13, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View from Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

Featured Song: Nico Vega - I Believe (Get Over Yourself)

This topic has been on my mind for the longest time. I guess it took me a while to finally type my thoughts out about it.  As I go through my daily grind I see people out and about going to work, school, or whatever activity they have planned for the day.

Since I am months away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in my chosen career in communications I felt it was time to explore the concept of the perfect career path. Normally it is difficult to decide on a chosen profession. Most students take their time settling into a major while others like me already knew what we wanted to be in life.

The mantra that I live by is if it’s not fun why do it? It’s always best to try and get a job the falls within your interests because if it does, you will always want to go to work instead of making up excuses to skip work.

For some, they get lucky and stumble into their chosen career. However you end up choosing just make sure it is a choice that you can grow into.  I know generally the careers we choose are out of necessity to provide for our family and that is fine just don’t lose track of that dream by making excuses to not pursue it.  There are so many options to consider pursuing your dream job. An option is working on your dream job part-time.

As long as you stop making excuses to not follow your dreams, then the dream is achievable. In my case it has taken me many years in gaining many experiences in the field to get to this point in my life, the degree is just the icing on the longest time a cake has ever been baked LOL, or maybe we can look at it as fine wine because finally getting that degree and getting the opportunities that I’ve gotten is truly a career worth waiting for. I heard that God often has a plan for everyone and I guess his plan for me was a seed that needed time to grow so I can reap it when it blooms.

Remember! It doesn’t matter how a disability or situation is acquired, what matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it... - Marlon Molinos

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Jan 16, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View From Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

 

Featured Song: For King & Country – It’s Not Over Yet

According to the Oxford dictionary, Limitation is defined as a condition of limited ability; a defect or failing. Society always assumes that because a person has a disability, that person is not able to do anything. Being judged for whatever reason is usually a common thread in society. Whether you know it, or not you are being judged every single day.

Having a limitation can make you feel worthless and unsure of yourself, and trust me having a disability is one limitation that can sometimes be a hard pill to swallow. One thing is for sure once you know your limitations and overcome them, a great feeling of accomplishment will overtake you and you become excited.

Everyone from around the world has their limitations, the only thing is whether you accept your limitation and overcome it, or let it hinder you from accomplishing your goals. For example in my situation I’m not able to walk, which means I use a motorized wheelchair to get around. My left hand is weak and looks different than anyone else's, and I am not able to reach really high areas sitting down.

The way I overcome these challenges is 1) because I have a limited ability to stand for a short time, I do what I can to stand up and hold something to balance while I try to reach for something up above. 2) Because my left hand is not able to operate properly, the things that I can do with it is hold something in place by putting pressure on that object as well as clasping it in my hand. In regards to computers, I use my left hand to hold the shift, or control key while my "normal hand" does everything else.

Some limitations may not be as visible to everyone else. Some limitations are so minimal that a person has to really pay attention for that limitation to show itself. For example, a person with autism who takes medication may not show symptoms of autism, but they have a specific skill and ability that is so focused that it can blow a person's mind as far as how intricate their abilities really are. For example, a person whose autistic may not be able to express themselves properly, but given the right activity such as art, music, math, or anything else for that matter; that they excelled in can be used to show how their mind truly works and it will definitely surprise just about anyone.

Life gives us all different abilities and strengths, and no one has the right to tell you that you can't do anything without at least giving you the opportunity to show them what you can do. Truth be told, first impressions are always going to be there, so the only thing you can do is prove yourself on a daily basis. The only suggestion is that you shouldn't prejudge a person based on first impression because these impressions can lead you the wrong way.

Every day is a challenge for everyone and everyone's challenges are all different, so don't assume that you have it bad because someone else may have it worse than you. Always try to approach a situation with an open mind and without any prejudgments and you will always be the better person for it.

“It doesn’t matter how a disability is acquired, what matters is how you overcome, survive, and thrive with it.”

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Jan 6, 2018

(Hosted & Produced by Marlon “Shymar” Molinos)

The View From Chair Level is a talk show that discusses various topics from the viewpoint of Marlon Molinos an individual living with Cerebral Palsy since birth. The goal of this show is to inspire everyone to look past your limitations and find creative ways to accomplish your daily goals. A free mind is limitless and you are the only one that sets your own limits. 

Feature Song: Coldplay – Up & up

The stages of grief are exactly the same as getting to the point of accepting the fact that you have a disability. Whether you are born with or acquire a disability, getting to the stage of acceptance is a journey of its own. No one can really truly know what life they are expected to have. The Lord is the only one that has the roadmap of your life and is the only one who knows where you'll end up.

Denial

When you first realize you have a disability, the first thing that goes to your mind is "no, no, why me. This can't be real. What am I going to do now? In regards to the family, parents might feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Those who have a strong sense of self worth and a never give up attitude will most likely put their thinking cap on and figure out alternative ways to overcome their current situation. Others will just completely shut down and not want to interact with anyone for a while. It's always great to have a strong support system whether it be family, friends, etc. to help get that person off this stage. Their goal is to help the person realize there is more to life than just sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. To the support system, never allow them to push you around and give themselves a pity party. Eventually once they realize that they have this strong support system, they will end up moving to the next stage.

 Anger

In this stage, once the person realizes they have a disability they tend to get into a frenzy and kind of have a hair trigger because they're starting to realize that they can't do things the way they normally did before acquiring this disability. In this situation as friends, and family you need to give them a bit of tough love and help them realize that you're not going to always be around for them and they would have to learn how to do things differently than they used to do. In other words change your floor plan. As a recent person with a disability, you might need to find some form of assistive technology that will help give you a sense of normalcy. Assistive technology have improved so much in recent years that it blows one's mind. In

Bargaining

In this stage, a disabled person might say "if you do this for me I promise I will not give you a hard time." Of course that is unrealistic because at this stage the person is still trying to figure out how they're going to do things now that they have a disability. The one thing that will happen for sure is they tend to ask God why me? If only I did this I wouldn't have been disabled.” The family members might feel responsible and say "I wish it was me in that chair and not you. Possibly the person who was driving if a person became disabled due to an accident might also say “I'm sorry, I'm sorry, that should have been me." All these things that you do at this stage as far as bargaining goes, is pretty much promising unrealistic things and goals that you will for sure not be able to complete. As a support system, the only thing you can do if you feel at fault is to try and find a way to come to terms with the idea that this was God's plan. As I mentioned before only he has the roadmap to our lives and whether we caused the disability are not, this stage is going to always be something that a disabled person and their support system will go through, so please stop giving yourself such a hard time because you will eventually come to understand that obtaining a disability at this stage of your life was meant to be.

Depression

As with death, depression in regards to disability is pretty much the same. The person with a disability may not want to get out of the house, or do anything because they are still in the state of shock and as I mentioned before, they are still getting to the point of accepting the fact that they have a disability. For the support system, all you can do is try and stay positive for them and try to see them as they were because if you tend to put a spotlight on the fact that they have a disability, then a lot of self-doubt will arise. As with everybody else self-doubt for a person with a disability is pretty strong because they have something that for the most part cannot be covered up. So for sure, insecurities and self-doubt will definitely be an ongoing struggle.

Acceptance

As the final stage of grief, accepting the fact that you have a disability and realizing that this situation will never change is pretty much the only thing you can and should do at this point. When you learn to accept your disability and learn a different way to do everyday things, it's the one thing that helps you feel so empowered because you start to see that having a disability as with everybody else makes you a unique person and trust me you tend to create and develop a different perspective of everything life throws at you at this point. The good thing about it is if you were a person who was able to walk, you have that experience of how it felt to be that kind of person who was able to drive, go where you need to go, and do anything at any given moment. And now that assistive technology has grown to the point that vehicles are now accessible enough that a quadriplegic is able to drive themselves around makes having a disability a lot easier to accept.

You never know as medicine improves and more assistive technology gets developed, having the ability to walk when you're born to not be able to walk will now be a thing of the past. Like my mom always says "Keep the faith and pray to God because he will keep you strong.”  Keep a positive attitude and try to see the silver lining with every situation you come across because dwelling on the negativity of the situation will only bring you down. Being disabled is hard

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