Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.
I hope that you’re all doing well.
Today I would like to share yet another post relating to disability. The post I’m writing for you today focuses on the subject of embracing your disability.
(Photo desription – this photo features a long cane, an iphone and a macbook which are some of the items that help/aid me on a daily basis as a visually impaired person).
Living with a disability comes with numerous challenges and things can prove to be very difficult to live with sometimes but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be happy within yourself or that you should let your disablity stop you from achieveing your life ambitions.
People seem to think that we disabled people are constantly unhappy due to the struggles we face and this leads to the misconception that disabled individuals are incompetent and incapable. Yes, the struggles that coincide with disabillites are real but they can be overcome, and one way of overcoming them is by embracing your disability.
Accepting your disability can be extremely difficult therefore attempting to embrace it can prove to be even harder but it is possible. As a visually impaired 17 (almost 18) year old I often feel isolated within society and it feels like everyone is judging me, especially at school/sixth form. But I’ve learnt to try to accept my disability and attempt to embrace it as there is no known cure for my eye condition (Retinitis Pigmentosa) as of yet therefore I must live my life to the full despite of my disability as I don’t want to isolate myself from the world just because of the fact that I’m disabled.
I stongly believe in the fact that you can embrace your disability no matter what that disability might be. As I live with a visual impairment, that is the disability that I mainly focus on talking about here on my blog but I’m attempting to write this post in the hope it can relate to all aspects of disability.
Now, I’m not writing this post to force anyone to embrace their disability, I am completely aware of the fact that it can be extremely difficult and it’s not possible to constantly seem brave and positive but finding ways to embrace your disability might help you to accept it and it might make you feel happier within yourself.
The main disability I battle on a daily basis is visual impairment, I do also suffer with a disability known as Chronic fatigue but that is an invisible disability but nevertheless that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. It is apparent that some people think that invisible disabilities don’t make such an impact on one’s life as it is not visible but that is certainly not the case and I can assure you now that invisible disabilities are just as hard to live with as living with a visible disability would be.
I’ve personally found it very difficult to deal with my disability but I am gradually becoming more confident within myself and am starting to care less about people’s misconceptions and what they think of me.
There are many positive factors about embracing your disability and I am going to talk you through some of those today and how embracing your disability can help you in many ways.
You can educate others
People’s awareness of disabilites is very limited therefore it is natural for people within society to have misconceptions about disabilities and the people who live with them.
Disabilities raise a vast amount of curiosity amongst the public therefore if someone asks you a question revolving around your disability it gives you the opportunity to educate them and to share your story by raising awareness of disability whilst doing so. Everyone might not understand but people always seem interested in discovering how you live your life and what adjustments you require.
I started this blog in the hope of educating people on visual impairment and I’ve loved the response that I’ve recieved on my posts, it just goes to show that embracing your disability can be very beneficial sometimes. I’d like to think that i have managed to change a few people’s percpectives on disability (visual impairment in particualar) and it just shows people that us disabled people are not limited in terms of what we can achieve.
It boosts your confidence
It might not seem likely but I can assure you that when you embrace your disability you will feel much more confident within yourself. I find that a great example of this for me as a visually impaired person is using the cane. I used to be absolutely terrified of using my cane in public, I can still feel this way occassionally but it is something that I’ve learned to accept in order to gain more indipendance. The cane is something that draws much attention to someone with a visual impairment (in my opinion) but you shouldn’t let this stop you from using it. I would be extremely reluctant to use my cane a few months ago but now I simply don’t care. No one should feel ashamed or embarrassed of using a cane, it’s a form of getting from one place to another. I know that not every blind or visually impaired person feel ashamed of the cane and that’s great but I do also know that there are many who do feel embarrassed and insecure when using it but this shouldn’t be the case. Yes it is difficult when you accidentally hit someone with your cane as some people’s reactions to that is truly hurtful but then again you should ignore any comments made because it’s a part of who you are. I feel much more comfortable when using my cane now as supposed to a year ago because I’ve learned that I shouldn’t let people’s judgements stop me from gaining the indipendance that I vitally need when it comes to going out and about. Using my cane has helped to grow my confidence and I no longer feel ashamed of it, it’s my mobility aid and I’m proud of the fact that it allows me to walk around town without the need of using sighted guide, it’s amazing!
You become an inspiration
Disabilities can become a significant source of inspiration, that is something I’ve discovered since starting my blog. I’ve been called ‘inspirational’ many times since starting my blog which amazes me because I would have never of thought that people would think of me as an inspiration. In a way it doesn’t feel right that I am considered an inspiartion for having a disability but then again it’s a lovely feeling when you hear people say it. Talking about your disability and embracing it empowers others and can truly inspire them to talk about their own problems or their own disabilities and it can inspire them to overcome their struggles. You might not realise how embracing your own disabilities can impact on other people. Sharing your own story might give others incentive to believe in themselves and it might inspire them to embrace their own disability. It could happen!
You become a part of a community
It can seem aggravating when people tell you that it helps to talk but believe me it honestly does! I’ve always been quite reluctant to talk to others who also live with a disability but since starting my blog and since joining social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram, I’ve met some of the most amazing people. I’ve found myself as part of a community involving some incredible fellow blind/visually impaired people and talking to them has helped me immensely. I never knew that talking about my disability and embracing it would lead to becoming a part of such a wonderful community, it’s truly heart warming to discover other people who live in similar situations to yourself and who understand you and the challenges you face when it comes to living with a disability. Unfortunately for us this exceptional community that we disabled people are a part of continue to suffer misconceptions, mistreatment and stigma but by embracing your own disability you stand proud for your community and for a larger group of people. People might come to you for advice, guidance and hope and you might become a lifeline of positivity for others which again might inspire them to become more open about their disabilites and might aid them in embracing it themselves.
You will no longer feel ashamed
I know this might not be relatable to everyone but I have discovered that some individuals can feel ashamed or embarrassed by their disability which is extremely disheartening. In my opinion it’s incredibly sad that people feel like they should be ashamed of their disability, after all it’s a part of who you are and you shouldn’t let it define you. Embracing your disability can erase that feeling of insecurity and embarrassment, it can enhance your confidence and make you feel proud of who you are. I’ve found since I’ve attempted to embrace my disability that I feel much more confident and I no longer feel ashamed. No one should feel ashamed of their disability whether it’s visible or not, it’s a part of your personality and it’s what makes you special. By embracing your disability you can prove to the world that you are proud of who you are no matter what, that motion of feeling ashamed will no longer exist and you will no longer feel that you are being judged.
As an end note I just want you all to know that you’re amazing, whether you live with a disability or not. You shouldn’t feel insecure or ashamed of who you are because everyone is individual and everyone has their own personalities which make them special.
Here’s a quote that I love to tell people when they feel ashamed or judged : ‘Be Happy, be yourself. if others don’t like it then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.’
I strongly agree with this quote, if you ever feel judged or if you feel disheartened by the opinions of others just remeber that your happiness is your choice, you shouldn’t let others bring you down, their opinions don’t matter. Live your life the way you want to live it and aproach it the way you desire.
If you live with a disability and feel like you want to embrace it then go ahead and do so, you have nothing to lose. But if you don’t want to then that is completely acceptable to. Do whatever makes you happy and content, live your life the way you desire, but promise me one thing… You’ll always be proud of who you are and you will never let the misconceptions or expectations of others bring you down.
I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. If you live with a disability then be sure to let me know how you embrace it in the comments below. And also feel free to comment with any feedback you have on this post, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you all so much for reading, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Be sure to join me next time in My Blurred World xox