I came across this article about inspiration and admiration today, a lot of what the author had to say resonated with me. It made me reflect on the many times I've been to the gym and people have come by just to tell me how good of a job I'm doing. I don't mind it, I mean I know it's coming from a good place. The truth is, it is a big step (pun intended) to try walking after being in a wheelchair for all these years. I'm just trying to get a good workout in like everyone else. Why aren't you congratulating everyone else??
What is inspiration and admiration to you? For me, I don't look at the challenges people face I look at what they've overcome in their life. Like Carly Fleischmann, at the age of 13 she finally could communicate with her family. She had gone her whole life being misunderstood and misrepresented but she never gave up! Now she can communicate who she is and what she wants to anyone willing to listen. "My everyday life in which I do exactly the same thing as everyone else should not inspire people, and yet I am constantly congratulated by strangers for simply existing." ~ Stella Young. I don't like the attitude of people being so surprised whenever someone with a disability is doing something with their life.
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