Poem: Body Talks

When I was youngI hated my body.Stomach always achingMuscles always hurting.Always too slow.Too small.Too boney.As I grew olderOnly got worse.Penis standing erectAt slightest stray thought.Heart always pounding.Everything too noisy.Too painful.Too overwhelming.Now I love my body.I know how to listenAs my body talks.When I grow sad or angryI know I need food.When I grow fatiguedI knowContinue reading “Poem: Body Talks”

On Working With Disabilities

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to gather clients for my own virtual assistant business, and thus far, it hasn’t been going all that smoothly. This is especially disheartening as I’m on the self-employment track largely due to failing to succeed in the regular employment track.. The reason this is all so difficult–myContinue reading “On Working With Disabilities”

Afraid to Dance

“A warrior who cannot dance? Clumsy in both war and peace he is”–Jedi Grand Master Yoda in Star Wars: Clone Wars: Cestus Deception by Steve Barnes I’ve noticed a trend among young adults in Canada, which was once a curiosity, but now is an area of growing concern. When people are encouraged to dance, thereContinue reading “Afraid to Dance”

Breaking It Down

I thought I’d share an incident that happened with my mother a few months ago that is illustrative of one of life’s great lessons. I was struggling to pour coffee from the stainless steel mug that is paired with the brewing machine into my travel mug. No matter what I did, I was spilling coffeeContinue reading “Breaking It Down”

"Judge Me By My Size, Do You?"–On The Value of Upsetting Expectations

“Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.”–Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement”–John 7:24 For those who don’t know, I volunteer with an after-school program called Run and Read, run by Start2Finish. Run and Read is a program that builds literacy,Continue reading “"Judge Me By My Size, Do You?"–On The Value of Upsetting Expectations”

Why I Don’t Want My Pain Taken Away

“If you had a choice, would you want your disabilities?” This topic comes up more often than you might think in my life. Sometimes it’s an honest question; sometimes, it’s a sarcastic question where the expected answer is no; and sometimes, it’s a statement where one assumes the answer is no. For many years, theContinue reading “Why I Don’t Want My Pain Taken Away”