Not Your Inspiration

Surrounding the Paralympics, I saw so much stuff about disabled people being superhuman and basically being put on pedestals. As someone with a disability, i take issue with this view and I just need to rant it out a little. 

Maybe it's because I've always had a disability, maybe it's because that's just normal to me, but I really don't see myself and other people with disabilities as inspirational. We just get on with life the same way anybody else does, but does this make us worthy of being put on pedestals? No - not to me anyway. 

Yes, we may face more challenges, we may face more pain, but overcoming this isn't exceptional or amazing - it's 'normal' to us, it's everyday life and it doesn't need to be celebrated. 

By all means celebrate the achievements of Paralympians, I'm not trying to diminish their achievements in the slightest, they are amazing, but they're amazing as sporting accomplishments, not because of their disabilities. Paralympians have worked and trained just the same as the Olympians and I don't believe that their disabilities mean that they're anymore superhuman than the Olympians at all.

I know this is controversial, I know not everyone will agree with this, but I just had to throw my two cents in. I don't want to be your inspiration, I don't want to be put on a pedestal, I'm just a person living my life the same as you are, regardless of my disability. 


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