Kendrick Avant

Agent of Gratitude

Yoo. I’m on year #5 and I’m 100% disabled, wheelchair-bound. Tell you what ELSE I am, authentic as heck. Since I’m disabled now, I can run my mouth, openly & honestly about everything because I’m disabled. I can smoke a lil’ medicine EVERYWHERE I hang out because I have MS and folks are trying to help. (YUP. Even there and I know someone will smoke there with me! πŸ‘€πŸ˜‰πŸ€£) I can’t be the Gangsta Dad I used to be, old school, hard on chores & school because of disabilities so I’m LEARNING to actually communicate, talk to the 4 kids (19, 15, 12, 8), and whoa… They actually do listen. I used to be Teacher of the Year for working with troubled, inner-city Houston kids. Now, I’m a work-from-home Customer Service Representative, making 40% of what I made but after 4 years of temporary gigs, NO disability, NO social security, nothing, I’m proud AF of what I do. MS is going to change everything but it isn’t strong enough to kill us. We can GROW from this BS illness. There’s freedom in disability/handicap because you don’t have to pretend or pacify anyone anymore. Freedom in that, real freedom. I’ve learned so much about myself that I love myself despite my physical limitations. I didn’t love myself before MS because I was always teaching, raising kids, trying to be a good husband, save money, pay bills, return texts, blah blah blah. Now? I know my purpose. I can talk about passion. I have DIFFERENT dreams but they’re soooo much bigger than before MS. #EffMS and the symptoms it rode in on. Step #1 is starting a Gratitude Journal so you can see and track your perspectives shifting to something more positive. YOU can do this. YOU can remix your strengths and build something greater than before. YOU are capable of changing YOUR perspective. πŸ€œπŸΎπŸ€›πŸΎπŸ–€

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