"Don't judge a book by its cover"
This is essentially what I intend this blog to be. A book with a very plain cover can end up being the best book you've ever read. (Classic Brit lit, anyone?) This is true of people as well. You may see the different, the wheelchair or the walker and think that this person can't possibly be interesting or...gasp...have anything in common with you. You, are missing so much my friend. While I do know some people with disabilities who use it as a crutch, as an excuse to be cold or unengaged. Most, are the polar opposite and desire nothing more than a fully experienced and engaged life. Full of the same hopes, dreams, desires and yes, problems and fears of everyone else.
I'm blessed to have grown up in a generation where people with disabilities weren't hidden away in the background. I went to public schools, restaruants, vacations, and away from home to college. Anyone who saw me saw the walker or the wheelchair too....Guess what? Most everyone learns to deal! I have no idea what my life would be like if I weren't disabled, its all I've ever known, but I do know that at various points in my life I've come across amazing people who've accepted me as a person from the first instant. I feel beyond blessed for these people and the level of inclusion they've allowed me to feel in my life.
People are people. So don't be afraid to say hello. You may just find your new lipgloss, ready to wear, sports loving new best friend.
Today's Lip: Maybelline's Born with it.