Sometimes going out in public when your physically disabled is such a pain!
Like most people, I usually spend part of my weekend running errands, shopping for things like toothpaste or milk and getting ready for the week ahead. No matter where I go, it always ends up that people stare at me for how I walk or how I look. (and it is not because of my beauty) Over time, I’ve learned to just ignore the stares and attempt to smile while I walk away. I love when people treat me differently because of my disabilities! Like just because I may speak slightly slower or have an unsteady gait, that obviously gives someone the right to speak down to me like I’m a 2 year old or cannot comprehend a complete sentence. (that was sarcasm) Some people are ridiculous and so rude!
I’ve come to realize though that everyone has some sort of disability, it just so happens that everyone can see mine. For example, constantly having a negative attitude can really affect one’s perspective on life or how they view the world. Or never being willing to try something new holds us back from learning or achieving our full potential. Or being judgmental of others can get in our way of meeting someone that differs from us or could even become our best friend. I don’t know about you but all of those seem like disabilities to me. It may not be what you typically perceive as disabled but when you think about it, we’re all disabled in some way.
So as most of you know or have seen, Carroll Magazine did a wonderfully written article about me.that made me sound really determined and impressive. I was honored and touched by it!
Over the past week, I have had a number of people approach me and say what a fantastic article it was and after reading my story, I am such an inspiration to them. I am truly touched by the amount of lives I have affected and love knowing that my story of struggle and perseverance can help those around me. It is extremely humbling feeling and fulfilling.
However, I don’t really view myself as an inspiration or whatever people may say. Not that I don’t recognize my accomplishments but in my opinion, I just simply do what I have to in order to live my life everyday to the fullest. I may be physically disabled and face obstacles everyday but giving up has never been an option for me. And I do not view my disabilities as a burden but rather a blessing in disguise. They force me to see the world from a different perspective than most do and to constantly think outside of the box. My disabilities are part of who I am and I cannot imagine life without being disabled.
To me, I think everyone is inspirational. We all are flawed in our own way and we all have issues. Everyone has their own set of struggles that they must overcome in order to achieve success. Some may be worse compared to others but we still each have hardships and by conquering them and coming out victorious that is pretty impressive and inspirational.
Look at teachers. (I would never have enough patience to teach) I give so much appreciation to teachers because they are shaping the future everyday and having a mother as a teacher, I know how much work and extra time goes into teaching. Whether you are still in school or have been out for years, we all can remember a teacher who made a positive impact on our lives and helped us to not only learn a particular subject but also to learn how to live a successful life.
Or the military. Seriously, talk about not only sacrifice but determination, courage, and drive. No words can describe how inspirational they are.
Whether you’re a superstar or an average joe, we are all inspirational by living our lives every day and we all can make a difference.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.