Hi there, Smile :-) Welcome to Startup Nation.
I have two thoughts on this, having been in situations that resonate.
First of all, you have to start by losing the "disabled" tag. Keep it
handy in order to handle all the annual forms and appointments, what
with Social Security and the like, but you don`t want to think of
yourself as disabled.
You`re changed, that`s true, and you don`t fit into the "norm" for what
typical human bodies can or can`t do, but that`s basically just a bell
curve. In other words, let`s say you can`t use your legs at all. Fine;
but a whole lot of people aren`t very good with their legs anyway,
while a whole lot of other people can do amazing things with their
legs. You just come into one sector of the "legs" curve.
The second thing is to do exactly what you`re apparently doing right now: Think!
Well, actually....you want to *Imagine!* :-)
The key to coming up with a great business idea is to meditate on the
ways people waste time, lose time, waste money, waste effort, or "put
up with" less-than-ideal reality. A great idea saves people time,
effort, or money; or, it makes life better and more pleasant.
You`ve just been relocated from one set of life conditions into a
different set of conditions. The chances are high that you`re among
many thousands of similar people. So: What would make YOUR life better
or more pleasant? What would save YOU time, money, or effort?
Don`t focus too much (yet) on your skills. Instead, focus on what you
like to do, or what you`ve enjoyed doing in the past that you still
enjoy doing. See if there isn`t something lurking around in those
visions that might spark and flame into an idea.
One of the abiding problems of our time (in history) is an apparent
inability, on the part of a lot of people, to understand "changed
conditions." Too many people look at rising fuel costs and say,
"Oh...pretty soon things`ll get back to normal."
No; they won`t. We`re in a new set of conditions, and prices will NEVER
go back to where they used to be. So either you wait around for
nothing, or you write off the past conditions and *adapt* to the new
conditions. That means an entirely new strategic plan, taking into
account the new fuel prices.
I`m not in any way suggesting that you "deal with it," or "move on."
You`re going to have to allow time for grief, memories, and letting go
of the hopes and dreams you had not so long ago. You`re going to have
to allow time to *integrate* the losses and traumas you`ve faced, and
come to terms with things like fairness, anger, and frustration.
But as you work through all this, try to keep an objective eye out for
an idea. They`re always around, like fish lurking in the weeds. :-)
If you had $1-million, what would you get or do with it to make your life more fun?