Everyone you meet in life has a lesson or two that you can learn from them. People living with disabilities are particularly influential. After all, the hardships that they face in life aren’t as easily forgotten as some others. They have to go through each day with strength and determination, struggling to do many everyday things that non-disabled people tend to take for granted. Having a disability is far from easy, in fact, it’s incredibly difficult, but it’s also a rich learning experience. With that in mind, here are seven things that the world can learn from people with disabilities.
1. Patience Is A Virtue
We learn from a very early age the importance of patience, but it’s only when you reach adulthood you realize just how necessary it is. When you have a disability, however, the need for patience is on a level unlike any other. All too often, those living with disabilities have to wait for much longer than everyone else for even the simplest of things. Over time, you become a master at honing in on it and come to understand that waiting a little while isn’t the worst thing.
2. Don’t Sweat Little Things
Living with a disability can definitely be stressful.
3. Being Different Offers Opportunities
Most people don’t like to stand out. They believe being different is bad and would much rather blend in. The trouble is, this is something most people living with a disability can’t do. Although there are invisible conditions, if you have a wheelchair or something similar, then people are going to notice you. Thankfully, this isn’t as bad as most imagine. In fact, it presents a chance to meet new people and take part in special opportunities. If you blend in, then this won’t happen.
4. Accidents Can Always Happen
When most people hear that someone has become disabled through an accident, they always think that it could never happen to them. They take in this information like you would a movie or TV show, processing it like it’s not even real. The unfortunate truth, though, is that these events are real and they happen every day. The possibility of this happening to you is the same as with anyone else. Denying this will only make accepting it harder if it does happen at some point.
5. Never Judge A Cover
We’re always told never to judge a book by its cover. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop most people from doing so. They look at a person in a wheelchair and only see their disability. They don’t even consider the fact that this person could be raising a family, running their own business, or making scientific breakthroughs. You never know what someone is capable of, especially someone with a disability, so don’t make assumptions based on looks alone.
6. Life Is Too Short
People these days are living longer and longer. However, that doesn’t mean that your life will last forever. People living with disabilities know this all too well. They understand that they probably won’t live to one hundred, so many instead
7. True Happiness Is Possible
Having a disability is not the end of the world. Unfortunately, many non-disabled individuals believe that it is. Many say
Those living with disabilities have struggles many of us can only imagine. However, through just living life, you also learn a lot. Even if you don’t have a disability, you can enrich your own life through those lessons.
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