We Are Everywhere
Take a closer look at those around you the next time you’re in a crowded public place. People with some sort of visible handicap are everywhere! According to the National Service Inclusive Project, 48.9 million people suffer from a disability in America, 24.1 million of these people having severe limitations. Furthermore, almost 1/3 of American families have a family member with a disability - my family being one of them. As I have written about in the past, I blew out my ankle in 2009, permanently ending my nursing career.
The disabled are teachers, nurses and doctors. They are your mom or your dad. They are a sister, a brother, a wife, or a husband. They are your children, a newborn baby or an 18 year old preparing for college. If this page has taught me anything, it is that we are all injured to some extent and many of us have been or will be personally effected by the struggles of physical or mental limitations.
The handicapped are stared at, judged and criticized just because they’re not what other people consider normal. I have witnessed people go to great lengths to get into another line at the market, not trying half as hard to hide the disgust in their eyes. Sure, the disabled eventually grow accustom to such incidents, but should they have to? Of course not, and no one will ever convince me otherwise.
Why should the chronically injured have to rewire themselves to survive in a country that is based off of equality and acceptance? Those whom already suffer from the hell that’s caused by invisible, silent damage that will never be cured - they should never feel anything other than support. We are everywhere. The days of staring and looks of pity and disgust need to stop.
I pray that one day, we will live in a world where those who are now considered “different”, won’t even be given a second glance. More so than that, I hope that we look at those struggling with these differences - whether it be your kids, mate, or a complete stranger - and make sure they feel accepted.
Next time you’re in a crowded public place, take a closer look at those around you. Chances are, you’ll see a person that has a physical or mental disability. Yes, many people in America suffer from the limitations of being handicapped, they don’t need the added stress of feeling judged or singled-out. Instead, just smile and continue on with your day. We’re just like everyone else. I pray that we all start to see that.
Do any of you personally struggle with a disability or know someone who does? Tell me about it in the comment section below or write me a personal message. I hope everyone is having a great day! Let’s talk again tomorrow, I’ll bring the coffee. -R.