can’t do it, won’t do it… oh but what if you did?

The fire within

“It’s not my job”, is a phrase that sends shivers down my spine. Unless there is a health and safety reason why you shouldn’t do something, why not think out side the box, come up with a solution, work together with your team to come to a creative solution.

Just because you are working a 9 to 5, or a shift job, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning, it doesn’t mean you let your brain rot. This is one of the challenges I have always had when I worked in the corporate job; I was surrounded by automatons who came to work, typed in their work, stood up and went home. Everyone was in it for themselves. There was very little creativity, very little thinking outside the box, very little flair.

I hear so many people complain they ‘can’t’ do something – whether it be doing something a little extra at work, taking care of the kids by themselves at home, or cleaning their own house.

Guess what though?

You can.

You should.

How exciting would the world be if people just said YES?

How many ways could you change your life if you just chased those dreams, followed those paths you neglected, just said yes?

11 years ago I had a car accident and smashed my spine. One of my vertebrae shattered on impact. I was told I was unlikely to walk again. So, after a month in hospital, and a couple of operations I hobbled out of there. Limping, damaged, able to walk.

But, I couldn’t really.

The little physical rehab that I had done forgot to teach me the basics of walking.

Now, for someone who has not had a life-changing injury, you read that and think “How did she forget how to walk??”, but you do. It’s weird. You have to figure out how to put one foot in front of the other – and it’s not as easy as it seems. So, for the last 11 years, I have walked with a pronounced limp, a bit flat-footedly like a duck. A few months ago I hurt my knee and last week I went to a doctor about it (yes, I am one of those). She told me that my knee injury was directly related to the weird way I walk (she didn’t say weird – but it was).

So, this lady is teaching me how to walk again.

After 11 years, I can learn how to walk, I can re-teach my body and my muscles how to put one foot in front of the other. Add to this the fantastic time I am having teaching myself new artistic photoshop techniques, and I feel more of a whole person than I have in several decades.

If I can learn how to walk again after 11 years, you can say yes. You can learn something new, you can overcome your challenges.

Please, never stop learning, never stop trying. If you can’t do it by yourself, find your support, your inspiration, your muse. Find a painting, a picture, a person that inspires, find your passion, find the real, the pure, the uninhibited love – and hold yourself accountable.

Please, just try.