Laugh : Laughter Wins
I’m not a serious person by any means. I will find any way possible to laugh or make light of situations. I will be the first person to make fun of myself. Many try to tiptoe around my disability like it’s a bad thing. It’s not. I truly believe I have a better attitude toward life because of my disability. Sure, sometimes it’s frustrating. It causes problems for me sometimes. But I have never asked God “why me?” I know why.
When I was a senior in high school, my mother and I were in a minor traffic accident. The first responder asked if I was okay, and my mom and I proceeded to say “She/I can’t feel her/my legs.” We let them think something was wrong for 30 seconds, and then explained I have never been able to feel my legs. We all had a little laugh about it.
I often find that obstacles are funny whereas many people would get frustrated or angry. When an elevator says “please use stairs” I laugh it off. I realize that an able-bodied person wouldn’t necessarily remember that elevators aren’t just for people not wanting to take the stairs. (I’m looking at you, people who take the elevator when an escalator is broken) This happens more often than you think, and more often than it should.
There’s nothing I’ll be able to immediately do about these obstacles, so I’ll just laugh, take a picture of it, and get on with my life, hoping that others with disabilities are doing the same thing so these situations and barriers are fixed rather than just swept under the rug. It’s our attitude toward life that helps others understand our lives.
I love my life. Truly. I wouldn’t want to walk if I had the chance. It might sound crazy, but again I’ll just laugh.