‘Consider yourself our mate, consider yourself part of the furniture… we don’t want to have no fuss, for after some consideration we can state; consider yourself one of us…’ Oliver!
Recently I was filling out a job application form when I got to a question that struck me. “Do you consider yourself disabled?’ Now if you know me you’ll know I have cerebral palsy, but you will also know that I am capable of doing anything I put my mind to and just how stubborn I am. So I wrote ‘No’. I do not consider myself disabled; I don’t think about it, I have had this for my whole life so I don’t know any different, this is normal to me, I am normal to me.
The following question was ‘Have you a disability?’ in which I answered: “Yes”. I do have a disability, it’s mild but it’s there, again does not mean that I consider myself as a disabled person or any less capable than anyone else. Sure there are times and things I find difficult, but they are the opportunities to be creative and to find what ways work for me to achieve such difficulties. Things like putting a bra on, I can’t tie it on once it’s on my body, so I tie it beforehand then slip it on. Running too I’m not great at, but I don’t like running anyway so it’s a plus for me! I have found my own way in the world, which after all is everyone’s duty. We’re no different.
The last question was; ‘Have you answered these questions correctly?’ which I answered of course; ‘Yes’. These questions struck me as fascinating, how interesting that the employers want to know how I consider myself. It makes me think that it is of vital importance that we notice how we consider ourselves, because that is what the world perceives from us. It takes our information from us. We cannot be respected if we do not respect ourselves. So I ask you, how do you consider yourself? Think about it and if you don’t like the results, it’s up to you to change it. Look yourself in the mirror. You have you for the rest of this journey on earth. You might as well be its friend, hold its hand and head into battle together. Remember the world is watching and it’s waiting for you to soar.
I didn’t get that job, but really it gave me so much more. Mainly reminding me my job on this universe; to empower and inspire people, to reach out to everyone, and light up the world!