I despise the word can’t. My children are familiar with just how much that word bothers me. To me there is never a proper time to use that word. Ok well maybe something like … I can’t do it like you but I can find a way that works for me. I’ll except that.
I have been forced to come to terms with the fact that there are things I can’t do because of Ankylosing Spondylitis and let me tell I still fight the good fight. I have found even more ways to do them, granted not in the way I once did but I still can. Some my husband finds absolutely ridiculous that I go to such lengths to hold onto things but until he’s told he can’t he won’t appreciate the fight to find a different ways he can. Some are just down right silly. Here’s an idea of the lengths I’ve gone to resist the word can’t.
I can’t play basketball … on a court but I can whoop your butt on a video game. (My son finds this one hilarious.)
I can’t run … but I can pretend to in wicked slow motion and make everyone bust out laughing. (Again my son finds this hilarious)
I can’t where high heels … I have the most amazing collection of sneakers and have added an amazing purse collection to my closet.
I can’t travel more than three hours … I’ve found some breath-taking places very close to home that I’d never had known without being forced to look.
I can’t garden … not for hours on end but a little everyday and the job gets done and I actually enjoy it more when I’m not rushing.
I can’t clean the house … well I kind of enjoy getting to pull this card out of the deck so I’ll keep it under wraps that I can if I use my cleaning schedule.
I can’t dance … I never could so no loss there.
I can’t play for hours with my kids … I can if we change the games we’re playing.
I can’t cycle as far as I want … with training I can and actually even go further than I’d ever thought possible.
I can’t do things as quickly as others … I stopped racing long ago and even though it may take me longer I am so very proud of myself when I get there, more so than if it would have come easy.
I won’t keep going but I hope you get the idea. I’d love to hear how you’ve changed that word into something positive.