Staying "centered" as an amputee can be both mentally and physically challenging. It's something that takes daily practice. I get a lot of questions about how I lost my arm, or if I have a hard time staying "centered" now that I don't have it. If I'm asked in person I usually just focus on the physical aspect of it and emphasize how important core strength is or something like that.
But I always walk away wishing I would've explained my mental practices rather than my physical. Mostly because the people who inquire about how I'm doing with my situation are more often than not looking for the mental strategies. They may not even be aware that that's what they're looking for, but mental health carries much more weight than most people are aware of or willing to acknowledge. So I thought I would make a post about how I keep myself up when I'm feeling down, and balanced when my physical asymmetry becomes mentally frustrating. It's really pretty simple, even though I sincerely struggle as a perfectionist by nature. And in the social media driven era we are living in it sometimes seems like everything is really supposed to be perfect. I have to periodically remind myself that being at peace with myself is only possible when I stop comparing me to someone else. I'm sure you've read this concept somewhere before, but I want you to take it serious!! I had read articles, Instagram captions, blog posts, etc. about how unhealthy it is to compare yourself to someone else. But after I actually conceptualized how toxic it is for me to look at some completely different human, and think that somehow my value depreciates because of what else is out there is just completely FOOLISH the act of comparison was, it became easy to love myself. So here is your reminder that perfection isn't what you see on social media, perfection is you when you learn to be content with what you have and who you are.