Thursday, February 26, 2009

You are as the world sees you? Or are you?

There's two sides to every story. And the same applies to identity. On the one hand you have "the way you are perceived or labeled as" and on the flip side there is "the way you see yourself to be".
Labels You may wear.The world treats you as you are labelled. People usually act nicer when you show that you are disabled. Sometimes its out of pity, sometimes out of generous gesture, but often its just because they don't know how else to act. They judge based on these labels they put on you. The truth is irrelevant, you are treated by the label you are given, so when they see you as a blind disabled person, they will treat you differently than a normal sighted person. Don't be stubborn and try to change these labels, accept them as how the world is and learn to take advantage of people's generousity. If help is available, why not make good use of it?
Who you really are...Understand that just because you may be labelled a certain way doesn't define your character and who you really are. There is no shame in having a disability, although it sometimes may not feel like that. Be confident about who you are and odn't let anyone tell you otherwise. When you are confident about yourself and comfortable in your own skin, you worry less about what others think.

Perhaps I am only able to say thsi after going through some soul searching and finding my place. It's a process of self-discovery but even if you are just starting to understand, remember this... "believe in yourself, you are unique and you don't have to be who people think you are"

1 comment:

  1. I really like this post. I think that it is important to remember that our labels don't define us. I do my best to appreciate the generosity of others, and I only refuse help if I really don't need it. Thanks for the perspective.


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