Yesterday I went to the doctors office. I waited patiently for the restroom, 5 minutes…10 minutes… I really had to go and didn’t know why it was taking this person so long. I thought maybe it is a mother changing her baby or something? I didn’t think too much about it, I just really needed to go to the restroom. About 15 minutes of waiting and here comes my nurse…”Are you still waiting? Wow!” then, not but 3 seconds later a young gentleman in his 20’s or 30’s comes out of the bathroom, in his wheelchair. The guilt rushed to both of our faces so quickly and I looked at her with my stomach rapidly sinking deeper and deeper.
I wake up today thankful as I should everyday. My life is by no means perfect but I will say I am overly thankful to still be able to walk to and from where I want to go. I couldn’t even imagine living life in a wheelchair and the pain others might cause by their impolite remarks.
I know that my nurse and I meant no hard to the gentleman and unfortunately something tells me he is used to it. He heard us, and he shrugged it off. I don’t think there is anything we or I could have said to make that situation feel any better for him or for ourselves. Thinking about what you say before you say it is a common problem in our day and age. We need to be mindful of why it is important. Not necessarily to protect yourself but to protect others from your words.
I think that we as people need to learn to be more sensitive to anyone and everyone’s life situations. Even if you cannot see the pain or suffering of someone, doesn’t mean it is not there. I’ll never forget that feeling yesterday, wishing I could do anything to take away what she said and hope he wouldn’t have heard it.
I am thankful today to walk. I am thankful to make conscious decisions to be better and treat others better.