I can help other people find their own personal strengths.
I can help them stand up and do everything they dream of. I can help them stand for themselves by refusing to take care of their responsibilities and insisting they take care of their own. I can teach them what I know so they can use it to their advantage. I can tell them my experiences so that they can learn from them. I can be a good example and a good friend.
I really have no limits.
Because, while Lupus keeps me from running marathons, I can still live vicariously through the marathons and personal triumphs of the people I love. I can feel pride surging through my veins when they accomplish the things I'm prevented from accomplishing on my own. Those aren't just their victories, they're mine too. Because I am their teacher, their mentor, their mother, their grandmother, their friend and their biggest fan.
I can open other people's eyes to the truth too.
I can inspire. I can educate. I can stand up for what's right and empowering and arm myself and others with the truth and the evidence to do away with what's wrong and hurtful. I can advocate for peaceful solutions and better ways of living. I can promote ideas that will create a better world for all of us. Maybe eventually, I will have to do it from my arm chair. And that's alright because....
Those who can't, do indeed teach.
And it's a beautiful thing!