(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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