Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK said to embrace differences...and I LOVE being different!

Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream was all about people being one united group, judging one another by their character and not their skin color, and embracing and accepting everyone's differences. So with that, let me say that I love being disabled. Or should I say differently-abled? Or maybe physically challenged? Wait, how about special? To be honest, It doesn't really matter to me. There are so many different ways you could say what I am, but I really don't see my "difference" as anything taboo, unique, or significant. I can't walk, need help with some things, and I'm in a wheelchair. And some people are short, some are tall, some are skinny, some are fat. That's life. So we all have differences. Not only that, but if I had to start over, I'd be the exact same as I am now. In my opinion, living with the concept that I wish I could walk or not have the obstacles I have or have always had, is like wishing I wasn't the person that I am. Not only that, but the definition of disability is "a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities." You show me one person that doesn't have a limit to their movements, senses, or activities. Bradley Cooper and Superman are the only ones that are "limitless," so yeah, we're all technically disabled in one way or another.

Now don't get me wrong. I always have and always will be involved in spreading the awareness of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). People need to understand what the disease is all about, and realize that it takes the lives of many people every year. Also, I will continue to help with the funding of research to ultimately cure MD and it's accompanied diseases. This life comes with challenges that I would want future generations to not necessarily have to learn to adapt to or overcome.

But with that being said, having Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a type of MD, has made me who I am, and I'm for the better because of it. It's because of it and the "challenges" I face that I don't sweat the small shit. I'm not religious, but I know every second is a blessing because I've seen way too many awesome people lose their lives at the hand of MD, and therefore I live everyday like it's my last. It's also the reason behind my resiliency, being able to problem solve because of some of my limitations, and, according to medical research, I probably have a higher IQ because of it. Not walking also comes with advantages like reduced prices, great seating at events, shoes that stay perfect forever, and some other things I'll brag about later. :)

So like I've already said, I love me. I don't want anyones pity. I'll take the credit people give me for simply doing regular shit that they somehow view as courageous because of my "situation," but I could care less. This is the life I was given, and I embrace every single piece of it, good or bad. Should I not? Cripple please! I'll tell you like I tell everyone else...Walking is overrated!

1 comment

  1. That's a bit of an arrogant statement to make, "walking is overrated". If you feel that way then stop making the rest of us late for where we need to go so you can get on the bus. You might not care to walk, and I agree the shit can be frustrating, but climbing, fighting, running, dancing and sneaking aren't. You can't tell me you've never wanted to climb a ladder, kick a pigeon at the bus stop in West Seattle (it's really fun), or commit a foolishly brazen crime in broad daylight and run from the police (from what people tell me). You seem to contradict your own statements, as you describe the differences we all have as individuals as inherent humanity but boast of your advantages because of your condition. You also talk about challenges you wouldn't want others to face in the future. I say shut the hell up. You know how many kids growing up wished they were Robocop or Optimus Prime. You're part man, part machine but your lack of gratitude is 100% human.


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