Ordinary people living ordinary lives
Many people say how strong I am. They are impressed that I have done so much in my life. But I am just an ordinary person. I am living an ordinary life. Most people I know have studied. They have jobs. Most live independently. I am proud that I have done so much. Life with a disability can be hard at times. But I am just doing what so many others are doing. I am living my life.
Posted by: Tully Zygier, on 22/06/11
I am just living my life like everybody else
So many people comment on how strong I am. I have heard it from family and friends. I have also heard it from colleagues, doctors and even strangers. They say how impressed they are with all my accomplishments.
Without sounding cocky, there are many accomplishments I have achieved. I always blush, nod my head and say thank you to people when they complement me. What else can I say? But sometimes I joke and say:
well, you know I am super woman. People laugh back.
The truth of the matter is that I'm not superwoman. I'm just an ordinary person leading an ordinary life.
Can't believe it
Most people I know have completed some form of post-graduate studies and have a job. They have also travelled within Australia or overseas. Most have also moved out of their family home. Nobody bats an eyelid. In fact it's expected of most people to have done these things, or that they will do these things in the future. Why is it when I do these things, people assume it takes so much strength? Why do they say they can't believe it?
I recently discussed this topic with a client of mine. I rattled off a list of his achievements. They included:
- He works part-time
- He studies part-time
- He lives independently
- He travels independently
- He plays sport
- He has a social life.
In response, he said he's just an ordinary person leading an ordinary life. He just happens to be a wheelchair user.
Living my life
Maybe I'm rambling here. Maybe it's the pot calling the kettle black because I was doing the same thing with the client that so many people do to me. And maybe I should just zip it because who doesn't like being acknowledged and having their ego-boosted?
Yes, I have accomplished many things. Yes, I am proud of myself. And yes, it's bloody hard at times. But I am just doing what everyone else is doing. Just doing what so many other people with a disability are doing. Living my life.
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