Tomorrow is the 4th of July. I can already hear the Fireworks going off in the neighborhood.
Every pop, every bang sends chills down my spine and makes my SPD want to panic.
But this year, I’m not going to hide. I’m not going to fight my limitations, I am going to embrace them.
I stumbled upon a picture from one of my favorite childhood episodes of Clifford The Big Red Dog.
This picture is from an episode that is all about Clifford and Cleo trying to help T-Bone get over his fear and panicky reactions to loud noises. They want him to be able to enjoy the fireworks that evening and not have to hide away under his masters bed.
They spent the entire episode trying, but they find it is no use. T-Bone can’t be cured, but he can be helped. By the end of the episode we see the adorable scene pictured above. T-Bone happily enjoying the fireworks with earmuffs on.
My point is, it’s easy to run from your limitations. It’s easy to be scared of facing them. But our limitations shouldn’t keep us from living, especially when we have tools to help us.
So instead of dreading Fireworks and condemning them, try putting on noise canceling headphones, earplugs, or put your hands over your ears. The people around you who love you would much rather have you use these things than to not have you with them. You are important to them, no matter what tools you have to use.
This applies not only to the 4th of July, but to every day of our lives. Stretch your limitations, forgive yourself if you fail, and keep trying to live your life to the fullest!
I hope you all have a happy 4th and may God bless all of us who live in this great land.