Monday, February 24

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"

Contrary to what seems to be popular belief (or so the amount of 'inspiration porn' floating about would have you believe, at least), disabled people are not put on this planet to make you feel better about your own life circumstances. We are not here so you can point at one of us as we smile, for whatever reason, and exclaim "that person can carry on with a smile on their face and just look at them! You've got no excuse!", or the worst which I encounter most frequently, "the only disability in life is a bad attitude".

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

With who even knows how many disabled people shut out of work, unable to go to the shops, being mocked and/or attacked in the street, jeered at, stared at, confined to hospital beds or their homes, requiring round the clock care.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".

With so many on low incomes, without adequate or even stable housing, living below the poverty line, unable to afford food, unable to afford heating, unable to get the care that they need because there isn't enough money to provide it.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude".

With so many in chronic pain, fighting through each day and using so much energy to do so. Trying to balance the pain or the strain of mental health with work, or school, or even just getting up.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"

When we're here trying to survive, putting all our time and effort into trying to stay alive, and you only notice us or care about our well being when we can be inspiration to you.

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude"

When you can compare our physiques and lives to yours and be grateful you're not like us.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent post. Sayings like that are part of the reason I HAVE a bad attitude. Knowing that you (at 20 something) know enough not to buy into the bull$&# is quite reassuring, honestly.

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  2. No, I don't have to smile, yes I can be angry and whiney with pain. I am being polite when I say "excuse me" to the people standing in the curb ramp chatting and blocking my way. When I'm not polite, I say "get the f*ck out of my way."

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  3. It's a particularly nasty practise as it objectifies us, yet people believe they're actually doing something we should be grateful for.

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