Sometimes I get an attitude. I get kind of a high and mighty my-problems-are-superior-to-yours kind of attitude, although I can never really say that to people without coming out. For a very long time I have believed that SSA mixed with faithful Mormondom is the worst possible trial that anyone could face while here on this planet.
I have been proven wrong.
I went to lunch with some coworkers the other day. While we were sitting there eating a man and a woman came in to have lunch. She went right to a table, he went to the counter and ordered their food. He brought it back and laid it out before her so she could eat it. He was very helpful, kind and gentle. She was in a wheelchair and had no limbs to speak of. The only limb she had was an 8 inch stub for a left arm. She used that on the controller of the electric wheelchair she was in. She had to lean over and peck at her food like a bird in order to eat it. I was awe struck. I have always been fascinated with the various ways the physically handicapped learn to cope with their disabilities. In fact, I used to do volunteer work at a rehabilitation engineering center here locally. I have such respect for the disabled who go on with their lives in spite of the difficulties.
Then it hit me. I had finally found someone I could look at and honestly say, "Wow. I am so glad that I deal with the struggles that I do rather than have your struggles." It was incredibly humbling. I am greatful that my lot in life was not to have a physical deformity like that. I think of my own yearnings for love and physical intimacy and realize that she has the same ones. I think that my chances for finding a girl and marrying her are far greater than this person's chances for finding someone in this life. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
So, life isn't so bad today.