It’s a surprise to many how grateful I am, despite my disability and the challenges that accompany it. I will be the first to admit that having a disability is not easy. It can be frustrating and discouraging. Yet, I believe I have this disability, Cerebral Palsy, for a reason: to teach people about it and make the world a little better and brighter.
I try to teach people that although some people may look and sound different, everyone has something important to share. I’m very grateful for what I have in my life, such as friends, family, and an accessible house and vehicle. That list is small, but I am thankful.
I love talking to people who have no experience with people with disabilities. After our conversation, they may have a different view of people with disabilities. Even if it’s just a tiny change, it is still a change. The more conversations I have with others, the more people will understand a little more about the “disabled world.” I hope they can take their new perspective into their social circles and have a positive ripple effect.
When I meet new people, even people I come across in the grocery store, I greet them with a smile because I am happy for the most part. It’s fun for me to see their faces light up when I smile.
Joy in the little things
Don’t get me wrong, I would like some things to be different. There are times when I wish I could take myself to the washroom or feed myself lunch. There are times when I wish I could belt out the lyrics of my favourite song at the top of my lungs without being self-conscious about how I sound or running out of breath. Overall, I find joy in the little and the big things because I know I am not alone. Although there are tough days, I have thrived through them and still have a smile on my face.
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