In our human condition is it in our best interest to be "normal" or not? To go through life with nothing wrong or bad every happening to us. Or to never have to struggle or feel the pain of need in our life time. Too make a mistake and suffer the consequences of that mistake. To receive the short stick as no result of anything that we have done.
People will tell you that "life isn't fair," or that "you must play the cards that you are dealt." But those are always the people standing on the outside of the situation. Those people are never the ones feeling the pain or the struggle. Those are the "normal" people trying to remind themselves that they are still "normal" and that you are not!
Yet, I would ask you to consider what results from being put in those tough, painful, hard times of life in which a person must dig in and fight. The person is required to discover something new about themselves that the "normal" person never discovers, because the "normal" person never has the chance.
In a marathon a racer hits the 'wall' about the 20th mile. This is the point where the body tells the mind that the race is over for the body, but the mind has to tell the body to keep going. Because a marathon is 26.2 miles long. If the marathon runner is not able to get past the 'wall,' then the runner will never be able to finish the race. Yet, if the mind can control the body the runner will finish the race. The runner has discovered something new and victorious about themselves.
Every year in Hawaii there is a triathlon call the Ironman Triathlon which is one of the worlds hardest triathlons. The course involves 2.4 miles of open ocean swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running. Once the race starts in the morning a person has all day to finish. But the officials start to close the course off to some participants if you are not going fast enough, so competitors must push themselves to finish. Yet, if you finish this race you have something to say you did for the rest of your life! That is a treasure in human physical and mental achievement.
What about physical disabilities though, should we look at those the same way as struggling through something we choose to do in sports? People chose to run a marathon, people don't chose to have cancer, seizure, go blind, or lose an body part. What is the difference in the situation or is there a difference? If someone beats cancer that is a treasure in human achievement emotional, physically, and mentally!
What do people learn from going through these struggles and hardships? What is there to gain from being put in this situations for agony? People throughout history have had to deal with this situations, some have succeeded and some have failed. What allowed some to succeed and what caused some to fail?
The person who is always saying "I can't," won't and the person who is willing is going too. A person has to see past the present moment and see to the future. Just like the marathon runner at mile 20 does not give up, because the runner sees the finish line at mile 26.2. A person who is struggling, hurting, or suffering, must be able to refocus to know that there is an end to the current situation.
As a person with multiple disabilities I know there are struggles ahead of me. But that doesn't me that I lay down in the grass and wait from my time to come. I put on my armor and charge head long in the battle. For what else can I do? I have no other option than to fight with everything that is inside me, because that is what you are suppose to do.
"'Come further in! Come further up!" he (Aslan) shouted over his shoulder." (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle)