“I'M NOT YOUR INSPIRATION,THANK YOU.”
People with disabilities' are not a symbol of inspiration.
No one chooses to be born because if everyone in this world had a choice, no one would face disappointment and hardship. For many people, just living is difficult. But for others, day-to-life presents challenges that most people don’t face.
Successful people with disabilities, including athletes and even neighbors, often receive attention by serving as a source of inspiration for others. However, they may not want to mention the difficulties they face just to make everyone empathize with and admire their efforts.
Stella Young, a writer and comedian who used a wheelchair for most of her life, once said in a Ted Talk, "I'm not your inspiration, thank you." This emphasizes that people with disabilities just want society to treat them like any other human being, as colleagues, classmates, and neighbors who want to be a part of the community like everyone else.
The following story about Nick Vujicic, and others, aims to create momentum for society to see that people with disabilities have more abilities and potential than their physical limitations suggest. It also aims to appreciate them as "human beings" who value equality and have a positive attitude toward this world.