I've Learned

Friday, May 29, 2015

This post is for a writing challenge on the phrase "I've learned that". Every Tuesday there's a new challenge. You can join HERE. 

In the last five years I have learned that there are an infinite number of things which could go wrong with the human body. 

We all understand that the human body is a complex work of art. We take for granted our own beating hearts, the inflation of our lungs, and the skin which covers our inner mechanisms. However, the majority of people, unless they have experienced a serious medical issue, don't always understand just how fragile life is. 

Since losing my Beatrix I have learned that the world is full of wonderful and terrifying anomalies. I've learned that there are an infinite number of differences which could affect our genes and cause variations ranging from alterations to our physical appearance, to death. 

But I've also learned to see people as beautiful in their differences. I've learned that we all have our deficiencies -- and that each human being carries the genetic material for disaster within their cells. I can list birth "defects" like other people list off their Netflix queue. I've learned to see my human body in a much more intimate way. All of this learning has shaped my understanding of how distinctive we each are. I now view differences with an eye towards how advantageous they can be. 

Our differences create opportunities for service, and for adapting to life outside of the norm. 

Those differences can bring us closer to one another, whether it's to care for a child who may not live long in this world or to celebrate the achievements of a beautiful mind which has been contemplating the secrets of the universe for decades. 

In the last four years I have learned that there are an infinite number of anomalies which can alter the course of our lives. We all carry them. They manifest as physical and mental health problems and they can affect every single aspect of our lives. Your genes hold the blueprints for thousands of disorders and diseases. Most of us carry these anomalies silently, some never knowing they are affected by a genetic disorder. When we are aware of our differences through the physical manifestation of genetic markers we generally cannot eradicate these anomalies, we can only adjust how we embrace them. 

I've learned that most people are equal to the task of facing their limitations and moving beyond them when given the tools necessary. It's just up to us to give them -- or ourselves -- the opportunity.

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