I grew up with Cerebral Palsy (CP). It hasn’t been easy, but I trudge along the best I can, and I usually did so without complaint, with a smile on my face, joy and laughter in my heart.
I used to get people telling me, “You’re so brave, you’re so strong, you’re so special, or you’re inspirational.” This made me uncomfortable whenever anyone said it because I did not see myself this way. I only saw me as me: Just another slob trying to get through life. I have talked or chatted online with others with CP, and some of them have also been told this. Some took it the same as me, while others took it as the compliment that it was meant to be.
Someone asked me once, “What’s it like to have a ‘disability’?” At the time, I could only answer, “I don’t know anything different.” I paused and then asked, “What’s it like to be ‘normal’?” He didn’t have an answer and he just shrugged.
Now that I am older, I see that no one is perfect. I see we all have our issues. Mine just happen to be out in the open for everyone to see (I cannot not hide my ‘dis ability’ (sic)).
We are all just traveling on this road we called: “Life”, in the best way that each of us knows how. Let us do so with kindness, and joy and love to one another, and let us build each other up rather than tear each other down. This is my philosophy.
I may not always succeed; however, I try the best that I can. I may fail occasionally, but I pick myself up, dust myself off, and continue onward. I hope we all do the same.
—Robert Confiant 7 May 2017