Identity can be described as who a person is or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others.
Often times when tragic happens to an individual, family and friends become concern for their mental health. I didn’t know my support system thoughts, but could sense their worries after the football injury. Who am I? I knew my name: Myron Derrelle Wright. My parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins. Yes, I knew family. Of course, many encouraged me during adversity and I cherished their words still today.
However, nothing would matter until I faced myself. Months went by without me physically seeing myself in a wheelchair. I gave myself words of encouragement daily, but it was a sigh of relief when I saw myself in the mirror. A moment I’ll never forget. I felt to be running from my fear’s others may have noticed upon my facial expression. Then to smile while staring myself in the eyes and say, Myron you are a overcomer. Don’t let your mind make you overthink or dwell on mistakes. You’re able to recreate yourself everyday. Let go and restart! To hear and see those words come out of my mouth, gave me the strength to fight the good faith. Every time I went into Mr. Mark classroom (2003) where the mirrors covers his back wall, was my time for therapeutic. I would look at myself through the mirror and just talk. It was nutrients for my soul. Those opportunities allowed me to face my anxiety, but most importantly find my identity.
Who am I? Do I want to be an individual who feels sorry for himself or faces adversity head on? Yeah, my first impressions were, Myron your face cheeks are a little puffy. LOL! However, you are blessed to still have life and a chance to live a remarkable one.
There is a saying, “not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Sometimes setbacks don’t require a solution to be fixed; instead they require maturity to outgrow them. My setback was paralysis. Something I didn’t want to believe. Your setback may be addiction, depression, low self-esteem, financial responsibility, etc. However, you must look in the mirror and encourage yourself to prevail over. Remember, your setback is the platform for your comeback.
Every battle starts with the individual in the battle. No one can fight a battle they are not in except the individual. People can encourage you frequently, but progress cannot be made until you mentally decide to move the mountain standing in your path. I truly believe in self-motivation. If you use self-motivation daily, you can conquer the world. Most people find themselves through struggles. Therefore, don’t run from your setbacks, but face them and triumph.
“You take a loss, don’t cry about it, just embrace it. Minor setback for major comeback, that’s my favorite.” Kendrick Lamar
Peace and Love.