Does disability define us? Unconsciously, disability does, unless we choose to consciously opt out. I have chosen to cut out a niche that doesn’t bring my disability into the equation.
I’m not embarrassed by it, I don’t allow myself to hide behind it and I don’t use my disability as a tool for my writing, because I choose to write from the soul instead. It would also make it difficult for others if I were to constantly draw attention to it.
My understanding and my journey have very little to do with my disability and how I feel about it. I live along side Cerebral Palsy, because it’s what I was born with and because I have no choice. It isn’t my life and it doesn’t define me.
Some of us will spend our lives hiding behind our disability, whilst others will use what they know about their disability to charity their own cause, bring their disability to other people’s attention, but until society changes its attitude towards disability, we will always be defined.
There are those who use their disability to mock its very existence. Disabled comedians use their disability in this way as a means of communication. Unfortunately, disabilities will define us by the very nature of what they are and depending on how well we manage to live with and cope our disability. The less we cope, the more we will be defined.
Although disability does define, we must choose to opt out so that we become defined by our lifestyle and how we choose to live instead.