I am also a 20 year guy.
You know, I was just thinking about this the other day. As I was looking at a picture of my brother's wedding reception....and it is a great picture of me and my 3 brothers.
And I have a cane in my hand. That was @5 years ago.
I (sometimes) think about my MS life, and its progression. For the first 15 years, I needed no assisstance. Then the cane...then the walker....then the wheeled walker w/handbtakes.
Now....I have progressed to a power wheelchair. And...no more fear of falling!!!
I remember in my mind, the mental jump to use each new aid....and when I would take that jump, I would then think...."....what took you so long!!!"...
I know....the mental jump which needed to be done..
I know that in some of the larger supermarkets in my area, they have carts available....
Do not try to be a hero...I would view all my aids as badges of courage!!
That is probably WAY,WAY more than you wanted to hear, but....
DX'ed June 21st, 1987