Facing physical limitations is quite frustrating. I want to run, dance, jump or even just walk around my house. I want to move the way I used to. Consequently, other outlets are needed to satisfy my yearning for physical activity.
I discovered the OmniMax theater at the St. Louis Science Center located in Forest Park. It is a newly renovated exhibit hall and museum that encourages kids of all ages to learn and participate in science related activities. The theater is dome shaped, and music is pumped through it while 3-D images cover the ceiling. The "Omni" has taken me on an African safari, deep into the ocean, and through all four seasons, all in the space of one hour. It is a breathtaking experience. My eyes stimulate what my legs can no longer do.
Another limitation we with disabilities face is in our relationships with other people, and our expectations of them. It is people that matter. We know that. So surround yourself with those who can support and uplift you. For example, I had an out-of-town friend named Shelly. Years ago we lived in the same town and were inseparable. It was after I moved back to St. Louis and away from her that my injury occurred. She would come up to St. Louis, but would always make excuses as to why she could not come over. Thus, I decided our friendship was over.
A few months after my disability I was out to dinner with some friends and while waiting for our table, I looked up and saw Shelly. I couldn’t believe it! She just stared at me. I was wondering what she was thinking. Neither of us said anything. I realized I had nothing to say to her. When it comes right down to handling life’s most difficult circumstances, you really find out who your true friends are.
Katie Rodriguez Banister works with audiences to embrace diversity
through motivational speaking and disability education.