Competition – WTF
I don’t know what it is with some people and their Brain Injuries. They get very competitive.
“MY BRAIN INJURY IS WORSE THAN YOURS!”
And I’m here to stay….. YES IT IS!
Being part of a community of people with Brain Injuries and the community mentality that we can all be grouped together (socially and otherwise) means everyone thinks their Brain Injury is worse than the next person.
No one seems to have any appreciation for how the next person’s situation is completely different to everyone else.
I find it very frustrating that people are actually competing about who is getting the NDIS first. Let me tell you, the pilot regions got it first and in the scheme of things “took one for the Team” and ironed out all the kinks. (well most of them).
I live in one of the 4 council districts in North/East Melbourne that are getting it on July 1st 2016,
I have a friend (loose term) who loves to tell me he’s getting it before me!
Um! Let’s call him Fred! And remember, his name is not Fred and I really hope I don’t meet a Fred, be or have a Fred follow my blog because then I’ll be in trouble!
So, let me give you some background re-Fred. He owns his own home, he has family close by who include him in their lives, he can work and study.
He most importantly has a package (ISP Individual Support Package) which pays for carers, he chooses NOT to use because he finds them inconvenient and uses the funds for other purposes.
I know people who have TAC funding. (Funded because of car accident) who won their own home. Some are happy to brag about how poor they are while they have an excess. Some who have their own home because of TAC who are quiet and humble and very kind.
To be clear, TAC funding and people on Workcover because they were injured on the way to work, there supports will end when the NDIS takes over.
Some people with TAC funding are getting on board to find out what to expect.
Others I’ve tried to tell them they need to catch up and learn about the NDIS because it will affect them. They are burying their heads in the sand.
Sink or swim right.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink it.
But in the meantime, let’s be a bit nicer to each other.
It that too much to ask?