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New Year's Resolutions

By December 31, 2011

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New Year's Eve is here and everyone always wants to know what resolutions you have made. I've made quite a few resolutions over the years, and some I've actually managed to keep. Others, such as exercise and diet overhauls, have rarely worked. What I've learned is that the only changes you can expect to last are those that you are truly motivated to do. Successful changes in your life won't happen until you are totally committed to them.

My first resolution of this year is to put myself out there to meet new people. After I became disabled, I began isolating myself because it was easier to be alone then to explain my condition to new people. I had recently moved to a new town and didn't know anyone, so keeping to myself was relatively easy. Unfortunately, being shut off from other people can get a little lonely, and everyone needs someone to talk to.

In order to accomplish my goal, I'm going to try and meet new people through support groups online and in my own community. If you're someone who has given up on meeting people because you don't like talking about your disability, consider joining a support group with individuals who share your disability. They won't be asking you uncomfortable questions, and they really will understand what it is like to walk a mile in your shoes.

For those who have already joined a support group or have an online support group to recommend, please share it with other readers by leaving a comment below.

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