Yes, people will ALWAYS judge you based on your disability.
THAT only changes with education and open hearts – and people resolving their own inner pain.
And then. . .they still may judge.
You though, my friend, can be free of all these judgments, the ones that form an opinion about you based on. . .
how you walk. . .
how you don’t walk. . .
how you fall down. . .
the disability accent in your speech. . .
the communication device you use. . .
the way your arms and hands move. . .
the way you don’t move. . .
your ability to process information at your own speed. . .
the personal care attendant at your side. . .
the way you dare to speak your mind and stand up for yourself and the people you love. . .
how you fiercely pursue “unrealistic” dreams (ones that others have abandoned for themselves). . .
the way you advocate for an equal and fair playing field for ALL. . .
how you boldly claim and celebrate your differences. . .
how you refuse to be quiet, even when it’s not “appropriate”. . .
how you get up every day, knowing all of the above is a possibility in a world that readily judges, and you YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE in the face of it all.
This kind of freedom is about not allowing the judgments to get inside you and your heart. This freedom is about defining yourself by your KNOWN TRUTH and not by the opinions of the world. This freedom is about directing your life by your heart’s desires and not by trying to fit in (whatever that means).
I wish you THIS freedom this Fourth of July and every single day.
Need some support in breaking free from the judgments of others? Check out this free video and be sure to download the guide on Defining Yourself: Why It’s So Important When You Live With Disability.