The coming year is a time to rethink the past and refocus on the future for many Texans. Why not extend this to how you see your disability and your way of life. Veterans have a particularly tough time coming back after an injury and moving back into a “normal” life.

Disability Horizons ran an article on dating with a disability, but the strategies employed are beneficial for anyone with a disability from work to home to getting back out there. Disability may bring you many doubts and insecurities about your body. Learn to accept the body you now have and what you can do.

Feeling more comfortable in your own skin can help you overcome many of life obstacles. Simply put: your disability does not define who you are as a person. You still have the qualities of personality that have always defined you. Uncover them and see what you can do with them despite the things now holding you back.

Regardless of what you do, people may have some stigmas regarding your disability. Remember that these stigmas define them not you. There will be someone out there who sees the benefit of hiring or dating or working with someone with your unique take on life.

While some people cannot see past the injury, others will gladly see you for who you are and what you bring to the table. Exude confidence and learn to love yourself.

A positive mindset does not mean there will be not setbacks, but it can make a world of difference in your life. This information is intended only to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.