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Keep Stepping from Marco Orlando

KEEP STEPPING Marco Orlando Many of us have probably been asked what we wanted to be when we grow up, some of us more than once, and even long after we’ve been out of school. But it’s okay if we don’t always have that part figured out yet, no matter where we are in life. I’ll be honest, I haven’t always known what I’ve wanted out of life. For the longest time, my main goal was just to be happy, and there were times where…

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DRIVE AND AMBITION from Marco Orlando

DRIVE AND AMBITION Marco Orlando I have always taken great pleasure in doing things that I didn’t think I could do before, in doing things that other people tell me I can’t do or shouldn’t be able to do. It makes me even happier when I see other people with disabilities doing the same thing. It’s a big deal when we can prove our doubters wrong and defy their expectations of what people with disabilities can do with their lives. Sometimes when I’m a bit…

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THE HEALING POWERS OF PETS from Marco Orlando

THE HEALING POWERS OF PETS Marco Orlando   I didn’t really grow up around other companion animals much when I was young. My parents and I grew up poor, and our living situation didn’t really allow for that to happen. It wasn’t until I was in high school that my family and I were able to begin taking in and caring for pets. We started with just one. Before long, one became three, which became four, which later became six, and so on. At one…

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“Mending the Broken Toys” from Marco Orlando

MENDING THE BROKEN TOYS Marco Orlando No one likes being made to feel like there’s something “wrong” with them, or that they need to be “fixed.” It doesn’t feel good when people think of us as “broken toys.” Yet for so many of us with a disability, it almost feels like there’s no escape from that mentality anywhere we’ve ever been in life. I’ll admit I’m not without my faults. For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled to make the distinction between perception…

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Reformatting The Human Hard Drive from Marco Orlando

REFORMATTING THE HUMAN HARD DRIVE Marco Orlando I’ve been coming to terms with my past lately and I’ve been learning to accept that it hasn’t been all bad like I had thought. I internalized a lot of hatred growing up because I had consistently felt less than human. I’ve always had a hard time trusting myself enough to know that I’m good enough as I am, instead of thinking about how I could be better. I’ve wanted to believe for so long now that a…

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DECONSTRUCTING GAMEFACE From Marco Orlando

“DECONSTRUCTING GAMEFACE” Marco Orlando For all intents and purposes, wrestling is the foundation that my entire worldview has been built upon. It is what has made the most sense to me and what I’ve understood best. I was hooked on wrestling ever since the late 80s and early 90s during the “Federation Years.” I could tell even back then that I saw things differently when I was drawn more towards the bad guys of the time and found those characters more entertaining. I wanted to…

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CAPTAIN DICK ENERGY from Marco Orlando

“CAPTAIN DICK ENERGY” Marco Orlando Not everyone in the world is fortunate to have a so-called “nuclear family” and grow up with both a mother and a father. Mine just happens to have a 15-year age difference between them. It made for a unique dynamic when I was growing up. I’ll be honest, I was a bit of a “mama’s boy” as a kid. I had a much easier time getting along with my mom than I did getting along with my dad. But that’s…

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THE PARADOX OF PAIN TOLERANCE from Marco Orlando

THE PARADOX OF PAIN TOLERANCE Marco Orlando Gym class was a nightmare for me growing up. If you’re like me, you probably don’t have very many fond memories of gym class when you were in school either. I hated getting changed for gym class in the locker room with 10-12 other kids making fun of me. Mandatory participation in team sport dynamics for 45 minutes two or three times a week with people I was already having issues with during normal school hours was not…

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“SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR” from Marco Orlando

“SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR” Marco Orlando I had a discussion with members of the Bangor Chapter recently, and I drew some parallels between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the concurring federal disability rights efforts that came about not soon after. I talked a little bit about how people like Ed Roberts and Judi Heinch helped lead that crusade and put those wheels in motion back then. I explained that many of us with a disability may have a lot more in common…

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AN ERA OF ACCOUNTABILITY from Marco Orlando

“AN ERA OF ACCOUNTABILITY” Marco Orlando PREFACE: This post contains information regarding the prevention of violence and abuse of a sexual nature. Some content may be triggering to survivors of such horrific acts. Viewer discretion is advised. As I write this, we can all agree that 2020 has been turning out much differently than any of us could have ever predicted. Some would argue that our local literary genius Stephen King has been writing the current narrative, although I personally think we would be giving…

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