Sitting in the same seat all day would probably seem like torture to some people. Prior to having to use a wheelchair I may have thought the same thing. But since I started using a chair full time I have never felt this way and I started to wonder why.
The first thing that came to mind was the comfort of my seat. My Roho cushion is filled with little air pockets so I never feel pressure in one particular spot — at least not for very long. At the end of the day the only reason I even notice my butt is usually because a crease in my pants has created some sort of bump. I don’t really feel a need to “stand and stretch” like I used to when I was walking. My seat is also a little bouncy so when the right song comes on the radio it makes seat dancing easier. I don’t do this in public, so don’t ask!
Another reason I don’t mind sitting is that I know what sort of power my wheelchair gives me. It gives me freedom to travel. I can go places I would never have gone while walking. I can go shopping, out with friends, meet with clients and stay independent. I know that without sitting in my wheelchair all day, I would never go anywhere. This is also why causes like the Wheelchair Foundation are important to me.
Lastly, I think the fact that I don’t get frustrated with having to use a wheelchair means I’ve accepted this necessity and moved on to bigger and better worries, like where I’ll go on vacation next! This is particularly easy to do on a day when snow has been falling. But really, I am happy I don’t worry about it anymore and I think there are many people out there who use wheelchairs that feel the same way.